Mohamed Salah has taken the possibility to elucidate the meaning behind his tweet after Real Madrid’s dramatic 3-1 overcome Manchester City, through which he declared Liverpool ‘have a rating to settle.’ The Egyptian has collected his second Football Writers’ Association Football of the 12 months award following yet one more spellbinding campaign that currently sees him top the Premier League goalscoring charts. But Salah isn’t done yet…
While he knows there’s plenty to play for between now and Paris, the forward cannot help but eye the prospect of playing in his third Champions League final under Jurgen Klopp – particularly given it is going to be against Real Madrid.
Los Blancos broke his heart when Salah was forced off in the primary half of the 2018 Champions League final in Kyiv following a tussle with Sergio Ramos, who later lifted the trophy.
“Well, I’m so excited, our team is so enthusiastic about it,” Salah said.
“I said before the sport that I desired to play Madrid in the ultimate, I’m sure it is going to be a troublesome game.
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“I need Real Madrid. Man City are a troublesome side but I actually have to be honest, I would love to play Real Madrid,” Salah said on Tuesday night.
Peter Crouch then asked: “You would like revenge for just a few years ago?”
To which Salah replied: “Yes, in fact, they beat us just a few years ago so hopefully we are able to try this if we get them.”
Salah’s team-mate Virgil van Dijk didn’t have a preference, nonetheless. He said: “No [preference]. Any team that we’ll face in the ultimate can be a nightmare to play against. We all know City out and in, they know us too.
“We all know they’ll adapt against us, we understand how intense those games are. Real Madrid are Real Madrid.
“Such an enormous club, very in form striker in the mean time, but we’ll see tomorrow. I’m gonna watch it and recuperate, and see what final result.”
City have been left to lick their wounds after their devastating capitulation that saw them concede twice in two minutes – before losing in extra-time on the Bernabeu.
Real Madrid will now be targeting their 14th Champions League title once they do battle with the Reds on the Stade de France.