The Liverpool talisman, Mohamed Salah, has a contentious past with Real Madrid, this season’s Champions League final opponents, and has shared remarks that suggest he is out for “vengeance”.
Mohamed Salah will participate in the Champions League final for Liverpool against Real Madrid later this month, trying to avenge his team’s defeat in 2018.
Salah was carried off early after suffering an injury in what looked to be an unintentional collision with Sergio Ramos four years ago in Kyiv, but videos suggest the Spanish central defender was playing games.
Salah’s injury was only one element of an exciting contest that saw Liverpool’s Loris Karius make two huge goalkeeping errors either side of a Gareth Bale overhead kick to restore Real Madrid’s advantage after Sadio Mane had equalized.
Salah’s disappointment from the loss is unlikely to have worn off, but the frustration of not being able to play much that night is undeniably motivating.
Ramos seemed to lock in Salah’s arm and send the pair tumbling to the ground, with Salah landing awkwardly.
He sobbed and walked away, later being diagnosed with a dislocated shoulder, while Klopp was furious that Ramos had received no additional punishment. “It was ruthless and brutal.” the Reds’ boss told reporters.
“During the World Cup, I observed the referee in charge of key games, and no one appeared to recall it.
In such circumstances, though, someone needs to make a better decision. You’ll have to reevaluate your alternatives if VAR is on the way.
Instead of flashing a red card, to take another look and wonder, ‘What is that?’ It was ruthless.” Salah has indicated that he does not recall the agony of that defeat.
Mohamed Salah noted that he no longer thinks about what occurred with Ramos since that game is finished. The former Roma forward told Marca before the two teams play in the 2020–21 edition of the league.
“I’m thinking about the team. The only thing that matters is that everyone is focused on their team and wants to win.”
“Let’s just say I’m fired up to win this match and go to the semi-finals.” The Kyiv final will be unaffected by what happens now. That was several years ago.”
Salah’s latest statements, on the other hand, do not exactly reflect those ideas.
Salah told BT Sport that he had to a bias between Real Madrid and Manchester City in the final. “To tell you the truth, I really want to play for Real Madrid.”
“Manchester City is a tough team, and we’ve played them numerous times this season, but if you ask me, I’d rather play Real Madrid.” he said. “I’d want to play against them and hopefully win because we lost to them in the final.”
Los Blancos’ Fede Valverde was not pleased with the comments, claiming that the Egyptian had “disrespected the badge” with his remarks.
“Obviously, they’re words that everyone can take whatever they want from.” Valverde told Club del Deportista magazine. “I’m his opponent, and criticizing the Real Madrid logo and players is not appropriate.”
“The best we can do now is give it our all, attempt to show why we’re in the final, and hope to bring another trophy to the fans and Real Madrid.”
Valverde did not respond to Salah’s not-so-subtle tweet, “We have a score to settle.” Which was the Reds superstar’s fighting talk, which he released as soon as Real Madrid had secured their spot in Paris.
People have commented on Liverpool’s difficulties and there’s rivalry to add to the mix, as if the stakes weren’t already high enough.