​After Mohamed Salah's return to the Premier League last summer - making a £36.9m move to Anfield from AS Roma - many people thought that Chelsea would be licking their wounds, after letting the Egyptian go two years prior for a bargain £16m.

However, there may be another Premier League side in Newcastle United looking enviously at Jurgen Klopp's men, with the diminutive winger close to a move to Tyneside way back in 2011.

Salah, while playing for Arab Contractors in Egypt, got wind that Alan Pardew was interested in him, and began to dream of a move to St. James' Park. The player himself wasted no time in speculating about a potential move, telling news agency ​Ahram Online of his imminent switch to the Premier League. 

However, a move never materialised, with ​Newcastle apparently baulking at a £500,000 loan fee for the then 19-year-old. As they say, the rest is history, with Salah sealing a move to Swiss team Basel the following year and making several noteworthy performances in Europe, memorably scoring a vital goal to dump ​Tottenham out of the Europa League in 2013.

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The Egyptian moved to ​Chelsea in 2014, making 19 appearances for Jose Mourinho's men before loan spells in ​Serie A with Fiorentina and Roma, where he moved permanently in 2016. 

Salah returned to the ​Premier League last summer under Jurgen Klopp and has been a revelation, scoring 28 times in 30 goals to reside as the league's top scorer, being the ​outstanding candidate for PFA Player of the Year

It is a case of what might have been for Newcastle, with Rafa Benitez's men in 13th, just four points above the bottom three, in need of someone like ​Liverpool's player of the season.