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Aldridge: Salah battle shows how far Liverpool behind Chelsea

Liverpool legend John Aldridge says their failure to beat Chelsea for Mohamed Salah shows how far they're still behind the elite.

Aldridge wrote in the Sunday World: "The decision of Egyptian winger Mohamed Salah to turn down Liverpool - the club he seemingly supported as a kid - and sign for Chelsea instead on Thursday gave us another example of how hard it is to bring quality players into the club.

"Liverpool cannot offer Champions League football to potential signings and they are also way behind some of their rivals in terms of what they can put on the table in terms of transfer fees and wages, so it's tough for Rodgers to get the players he wants.

"Meanwhile, Manchester United have signed Juan Mata, Chelsea have recruited Salah and Nemanja Matic and world-class players are being linked with Arsenal and Manchester City. It makes you realise how difficult it is to break into that big league when you have been out of it for a while."

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