He'd enjoy loan spells at Italian clubs Fiorentina and Roma, before joining the latter on a permanent basis, where his performances rekindled Liverpool's interest as they initially missed out on Salah's signature to Chelsea.
Liverpool FC head into Sunday's game on the back of their Champions League semi-final triumph over AS Roma.
Asked if he was consulted about selling Salah, Conte replied: "No". For me, there is never a fear.
His influence is visible all over the pitch and if I was Gareth Southgate, I would be knocking on his door now to try to persuade him to play for England in the World Cup finals in Russian Federation this summer. "I would be in trouble", he told reporters, via Sky Sports.
Anything that is bad for Real Madrid is good for Liverpool and I can't think of anything worse than a coach being forced to drop a player because of an instruction from above. I knew him in Italy but this type of season would be very hard to predict.
"We're talking about a player with specific characteristics, good technical [quality] but also very fast".
"In this season we're seeing him [be] very clinical. Every chance he has he's very good to take the opportunity".
"Even if the Reds lose this game, they have got a much better goal difference and they would still only need to beat Brighton at Anfield on the final day of the season to make sure of finishing at least fourth".
"I'm really not in a Champions League final mood, obviously, but I will have a look at what I did in the years before and change everything!"
The Blues will host Liverpool at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, May 6 as a win will be crucial for both sides in their battle for the top four places. "We try everything to be 100 per cent ready for that game". "Then we will see what happens".
We are going to go there and fight for the fans, for the club, fight without fear and win the final.
"It won't be easy against United but we want to give the best until the end".