The Senegalese worldwide, part of what has come to be known as Liverpool's "Fabulous Three" attack machine comprising of Mane, Roberto Firmino and the impressive Mohamed Salah (with a combined total of 88 goals between them this season), had walked into the Spire Hospital in Liverpool on Wednesday, a day after he scored in the Reds' 5-2 demolition of Roma in the first leg, semi-finals of their Champions League encounter.
Mourinho, who is now in charge of Manchester United, claims it was Chelsea's decision to let Salah go, suggesting the former Basel man was not ready to make his mark on the Premier League at that point.
A report from The Times notes that Liverpool were initially keen on Bayer Leverkusen winger Julian Brandt and it was only later that Salah became their number one desire. I bought Salah, ' he told ESPN Brasil.
"It is the opposite".
'In total, Liverpool scouted around 15 wide players in between missing out on Salah to Chelsea in 2014 and signing him, with background checks extending to spying missions at training camps as well as matches to gauge his character.
"I bought Salah. It is the opposite".
'But he came as a young kid, physically he was not ready, mentally he was not ready, socially and culturally he was lost and everything was tough for him. Chelsea made a decision to sell him, OK? Some of them are still there like Willian, [Eden] Hazard and all those players already in a different level.
"But even if it was, in football we make mistakes a lot of times, so many times some players develop in way we were not expecting, some other don't reach another level like we thought they would, so I don't even think this is a mistake, it is just part of the job".
'But effectively I did buy Salah, I didn't sell Salah, but it doesn't matter.