You don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone.
Roma thought they were laughing all the way to the bank when they cashed in for £35million sweet bucks for Mohamed Salah in the summer.
Obviously they probably regret putting such a small price tag on him now.
Likewise Real Madrid were more than happy to ship James Rodriguez out to Bayern Munich on a two-year loan and were even generous enough to offer a buyout clause of £31million at the end of it.
Unlike the Premier League, UEFA has no stipulations on whether a loanee can play against their parent club, so the Colombian is almost guaranteed to be in Bayern’s starting line up on Wednesday.
With all four teams making up the Champions League semi-finals these summer transfers suddenly don’t look so clever.
Salah has absolutely torn apart the Premier League this season scoring 31 league goals and adding nine assists and has been named the PFA Player of the Year.
While in Europe, without Cristiano Ronaldo, Salah would be joint top scorer with Roberto Firmino.
To put it simply, Salah has been in devastating form for Liverpool in his free attacking role and his combination with Firmino and Sadio Mane could spell big, big problems for Roma.
As we saw against Barcelona Roma are not averse to conceding goals in Europe this season and if Aleksandr Kolarov and Federico Fazio are not on the top of their game, Salah will run absolute riot at Anfield.
And the problem with keeping out Liverpool this season is that if Salah doesn’t punish you with a goal, then he will attract the attention of so many of your defenders that his next move will be to assist either of his strike partners.
The other big comeback this week sees Rodriguez up against his parent club as Real Madrid visit the Allianz Arena for a Champions League knockout match for the second year in a row.
Self-titled kings of Europe Real Madrid will be full of confidence in this one, having beaten Bayern 6-3 on aggregate in last year’s quarters thanks to five goals from Cristiano Ronaldo over both legs.
However, former Galactico turned Bayern maestro Rodriguez is surely going to have some say over how this tie goes.
He has been reborn under Jupp Heynckes this season and we are seeing the mouth-watering skills and classy play everyone knows he possesses.
Six goals and 11 assists in 15 starts this season tells its own story.
Bayern Munich have lost only two games in 39 since PSG beat them 3-0 in Paris back in September and will be the stiffest test Real have faced in Europe this season.
After the way James was treat at the Bernabeu, it would be no surprise if he was extra fired up for this one.
Of course, Salah is battling Juan Mata for the nicest man in football but we’re sure he will still want to demonstrate to his old employers exactly what they are missing out on.