Mohamed Salah thinks it will be “vengeance time” when Liverpool faces Real Madrid in the Champions League final. On May 28, they will meet in Paris in a rematch of 2018 final, which the Spanish giants won 3-1.
Salah was forced off the pitch before halftime due to a shoulder injury sustained in a collision by Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos.
“I’m overjoyed,” the 29-year-old attacker added. “I mentioned before the game that I wanted to play in the final against Madrid.”
“In 2018, we were defeated in the final; it was a sad day for all of us, and I feel it is time for retribution.”
“I’m sure it’ll be a difficult game; they’ve beaten a lot of good teams, so all we have to do now is concentrate on the game.”
A year later, Salah bounced back, scoring a penalty in the Champions League final against Tottenham to help Liverpool win their sixth European crown.
This season, Liverpool has won the League Cup and qualified for the FA Cup final, where they will meet Chelsea on May 14 at Wembley Stadium.
Meanwhile, with four games remaining in the season, Liverpool is one point behind Premier League champions Manchester City.
Salah, Egypt’s captain, has been vital to Liverpool’s push this season on all fronts, scoring 30 goals and assisting 14 times in 45 games.
He has been awarded Footballer of the Year by the Football Writers’ Association for the second time, having won the award four years ago.
“It feels amazing,” he stated after winning his prize on Thursday night in London.
“I’d like to thank everyone who voted for me – after all, journalists are a vital part of the football family.” This year, we’re aiming to win a couple more (trophies).”
Salah tweeted that Liverpool “has a score to settle” after Real Madrid defeated Manchester City 5-3 on aggregate in their semi-final match on Wednesday.