David Anderson explains why Mohamed Salah wanted Liverpool and Real Madrid to meet in the Champions League Final.


Liverpool will be playing in the Champions League Final for the third time in five seasons. Mohamed Salah wasn’t sure who he wanted in Paris, but Liverpool won.

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When quizzed on potential opponents, players often avoid giving too much away. Not Mohamed Salah.

When he was asked after Liverpool’s comeback against Villarreal to book their place in the Champions League Final on May 28 which team he wanted to play in Paris, he could not have been more definitive. He wanted Real Madrid, regardless of the country’s desire for an all-England final against Manchester City.

He wants revenge for 2018, and the reason is simple. Salah still feels the pain of Liverpool losing the Premier League title race in 2019 to City by one point.

His dream of crowning a phenomenal season when he scored a total of 44 goals, including 11 in Liverpool’s march to Kiev, ended in tears with defeat and THAT challenge by Sergio Ramos.

Ramos knew Salah was Liverpool’s dangerman and this master of the dark arts made sure he would not hurt Real.

His judo throwing, which saw Salah leave the match with a shoulder injury, after only 30 minutes, with the Final goalless, is still one of football’s most iconic challenges.

Real was not surprised that Salah (who has scored 30 goals in this season) wanted Real.

As professional as Salah is, he’s also human and he wants to atone for that low.

Nobody can reverse the clock to 2018, and Kiev is gone.

It would have been a huge step in exorcising Salah’s demons if Liverpool beat Real to win a seventh Champions League.

He tweeted the following: “We have a score to settle.”

Jurgen Klopp will, along with every Liverpool player who survives that night’s events, feel that Real has not completed their business.

The Reds never really showed their true class against Real and were fatally undermined by Loris Karius’ two howlers.

Alisson is a major upgrade to the German’s hapless German. Real scored two goals in their 3-1 win. Liverpool, on the other hand, are far better off on the pitch than they were four years ago.

They have also brought in Ibrahima Konate, Fabinho, Thiago and Thiago to their defence and Diego Jota as well as Luis Diaz and Luis Diaz to the front.

They are also more skilled and, while City was undoubtedly the best team in England, their run to the 2018 Final was incredible.

Liverpool is the winner of this award for what they did this season, and they are unwaveringly brilliant.

Salah and his Liverpool team-mates might be relieved to not have City face them for the fourth time this season, as games between them have been so hard.

Real are fresh opponents and Liverpool fans have not forgotten their defeat to them behind closed doors in last season’s quarter-finals when the Reds were struggling for form.

Although superstitious Kopites might be concerned, Liverpool has only lost to Madrid teams under Klopp’s Champions League – twice to Madrid, once to Atletico.

Liverpool is determined to end this hoodoo, and they are on track for an unprecedented quadruple.

That sentence is so absurd that it can be written. English has never come close to this historic feat.

Real Paris could be their crowning achievement.

It would also be sweet revenge in 2018

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