Liverpool Transfer Rumours: Mohamed Salah Must Pick Reds over Atletico, Dortmund

Michael WadeAnalyst IIIJanuary 9, 2014

Mohamed Salah scored for Basel against Chelsea in the Champions League.
Mohamed Salah scored for Basel against Chelsea in the Champions League.Scott Heavey/Getty Images

Liverpool will face fierce competition if they are to sign Basel winger Mohamed Salah in the January transfer window.

The Egyptian's exploits since moving to Basel in 2012 have impressed Reds' boss Brendan Rodgers and Talksport reports that there is serious interest from Atletico Madrid and Borussia Dortmund as well as a host of other teams.

Salah is believed to be Brendan Rodgers' main target for this transfer window as he bids to strengthen Liverpool's challenge for a top-four place.

But the 21-year-old winger has a string of admirers outside the Premier League, with Atletico and Dortmund also preparing to do battle with the likes of Manchester United, Bayer Leverkusen, Wolfsburg, Galatasaray and Zenit St Petersburg to sign the winger.

Salah scored against Chelsea home and away in the Champions League to enhance his reputation around Europe as Basel completed an unlikely double.

With Liverpool looking to build a team around young attacking talent, Anfield is the most suitable destination for the ambitious 21-year-old.

While Atletico and Dortmund can offer Champions League football immediately, Salah will be cup-tied after appearing for Basel in the tournament already this campaign.

And although the Spanish and German sides are likely to qualify for the competition again next season via their domestic leagues, Liverpool also have their best chance in several seasons of returning to Europe's top table thanks to the revitalisation the club has undergone during Rodgers' short tenure.

German football expert Daniel Busch commented on Twitter that he would be impressed if Liverpool signed Salah. However, he was also keen to see the player in the Bundesliga.

If the Reds continue their rapid upward trajectory, it is likely they could become real contenders for the Premier League title, alongside the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City, in years to come.

Salah would be given the time to bed in at Anfield this season, with just the league and FA Cup to contend with, before becoming a more integral part of the club's plans next season.

Liverpool's need for more strength in depth throughout their squad is well publicised with the inexperienced Raheem Sterling, the unconvincing Iago Aspas and on-loan Victor Moses the only challengers to Philippe Coutinho as the club's main creative outlet alongside Luis Suarez and Steven Gerrard.

A move for Barcelona's Cristian Tello seems unlikely now, according to David Maddock in the Mirror, and Salah appears to be Rodgers' favoured target for the transfer window.

Dubbed the "Egyptian Messi", Salah's versatility to play on the wing or as a striker is what makes him such an attractive prospect for Liverpool, as per Sky Sports.

Rodgers proved with the signings of Coutinho and Daniel Sturridge during the 2012-13 campaign that he is able to attract quality to the club and a move for Salah has the potential to become another important step in the club's climb back towards the top.