Champions League final: Mohamed Salah out to seek inspiration from ‘worst moment of career’ against Real Madrid

Champions League final: Liverpool star Mohamed Salah said he wants to make up for the 2018 final disappointment against Real Madrid when the two sides meet in the final in Paris on Saturday.

Champions League final: Liverpool’s Salah ready to avenge last defeat of 2018 (Reuters Photo)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Liverpool were defeated 3-1 by Real Madrid in the 2018 final
  • Salah was in tears as he walked off the pitch in the first half with an injury
  • Salah enters the Champions League final with 8 goals in this season’s competition

Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah has been ringing warning bells ahead of their Champions League final against Real Madrid on Saturday, saying he is determined to make up for the loss of the last meeting of 2018 between the two European giants.

Mohamed Salah’s involvement in the 2018 final lasted less than 30 minutes as the Egyptian star walked off the field after falling heavily on his left shoulder following a tackle from then-Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos. Salah was in tears as he trudged off the field.

Liverpool have since gone on to gain strength, winning the Champions League final in 2019 after beating Tottenham Hotspur. Liverpool have reached the 3rd Champions League final in 5 years and they are out to avenge the 2018 loss to Real Madrid, said Salah, who described his injury as the worst moment of his career.

“I remember going out after half an hour or so was the worst moment of my career,” Salah said.

“I was really down after that. After the game I knew the result because I was in the hospital. I thought: ‘We can’t lose the game that way.’ I’ve never had that feeling in football before.”

Salah enters the Champions League final with 8 goals from 12 matches so far. The Egyptian magician said Liverpool took home the prize to win the prestigious prize in Europe after missing a chance to win the Premier League over the weekend.

Liverpool, who won the League Cup and FA Cup this season, were thwarted by Manchester City, who won the Premier League title by finishing one point ahead of Jurgen Klopp’s men.

“After what happened to Madrid last time and also after what happened on Sunday. Everyone is motivated to win the Champions League,” said Salah.

“This is an incredible trophy for us and every season we’ve fought for it since I’ve been here.”

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