London — Had their first experiences in English football gone as they would have wished, Mohamed Salah and Kevin de Bruyne could have been teammates rather than on a collision course for Wednesday’s Champions League quarterfinal clash between Liverpool and Manchester City. How Chelsea fans must wish they had remained on the same side. Instead, neither player’s style suited Jose Mourinho’s physical approach and they were sent through Stamford Bridge’s revolving door for talented midfield players at the time having made just a combined 16 league appearances. Both sales have come back to haunt Chelsea, who now look set to miss out on a place in the Champions League next season while De Bruyne orchestrates City’s relentless march towards the title, and Salah’s stunning scoring streak has Liverpool well on course for a place in the Premier League’s top four. They are also engaged in a personal duel for Premier League player of the year prizes as the two outstanding players in the divisio...

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