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Liverpool Transfer News: Mohamed Salah and Cristian Tello Deals in Trouble

BARCELONA, SPAIN - DECEMBER 11: Cristian Tello of FC Barcelona in action during the UEFA Champions League, Group H match between FC Barcelona and Celtic FC at the Camp Nou Stadium on December 11, 2013 in Barcelona, Spain.  (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
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Matt CheethamCorrespondent IJanuary 7, 2014

Liverpool are in danger of missing out on twin January targets Mohamed Salah and Cristian Tello, according to the Daily Mirror's David Maddock.

Both players were poised to join the Anfield club but now seem likely to remain where they are, at least until the summer.

Maddock highlights Barcelona's stubborn stance on Tello, unwilling to allow their young prodigy to depart given their growing injury concernsas Guillem Balague also highlights for Bleacher Report.

Tello has made just two starts this season, the last of which was in October against Valladolid when the young attacker created the first two goals in a 4-1 win.

Maddock does, however, highlight the possibility of a permanent summer deal, when Barcelona would have Gerard Deulofeu returned from Liverpool's Merseyside rivals Everton.

BARCELONA, SPAIN - OCTOBER 05:  Christian Tello of FC Barcelona duels for the ball with Antonio Rukavina of Real Valladolid CF during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Real Valladolid CF at Camp Nou on October 5, 2013 in Barcelona, Spain.  (Photo
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As for Salah, the Egyptian winger has been garnering attention for the past two European campaigns with FC Basel.

Many media outlets, including David Anderson of the Daily Mirror and talkSPORT's Ian Abrahams, envisaged a January move to Liverpool, but it now seems that won't be the case.

Maddock rates Salah at around the £9 million mark, with that price proving the stumbling block for Brendan Rodgers who knows the player will become cheaper as his contract winds down.

Given the time it takes so many newcomers to acclimatise to the Premier League, Maddock doesn't anticipate extra being spent for a January move.

Still just 21, Salah has been a key player in two successful seasons for his Swiss club.

He created several key goals en route to last season's Europa League semi-finals and continued his form in this year's Champions League, scoring the winner against Chelsea.

Salah and Tello are both the type of young, fast, high-energy players Rodgers is renowned for coveting.

They would be capable of making an impact, suiting Liverpool's high-tempo offence and offering more innovative quality in the final third.

If both deals are indeed pushed back until the summer, it would come as a blow to Liverpool's current push for Champions League qualification.

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