Liverpool face Real Madrid in Saturday's Champions League final, and Mohamed Salah's desperation for 'revenge' was highlighted by his message on social media.
Mohamed Salah was brief with a four-word message to his social media followers, but he said more than enough about his intentions ahead of Saturday’s Champions League final.
Liverpool’s fantastic season is almost over, and they have the chance to complete a trio of cup competition victories when they face Real Madrid in the Champions League final. Unfortunately for Jurgen Klopp’s side, the quadruple is no longer possible after Manchester City defeated them for the Premier League title.
But the near miss could work in their favor as they have now been given extra motivation to finish the season on a high. And Salah posted a message to thrill Liverpool fans, saying: “We’re not done yet.”
It was one of the greatest seasons in Liverpool’s history, and Klopp’s team could complete the treble with a victory over Real Madrid on Saturday. And for Salah, it’s been an exceptional individual display over the past nine months, as he won the Premier League’s Golden Boot (shared with Son Heung-min) and the ace award.
But Salah couldn’t crack a smile as he posed with his individual awards on the final day, and it proves exactly where his mindset is. Salah has suffered an odd mixture of joy and heartbreak this season, with his fair share of near misses to go along with sheer success.
The Egyptian suffered a brutal defeat in the African Cup of Nations final against Senegal with his national team, and he didn’t even get a chance to go up on penalties. And Salah was again feeling the 12-yard frustration as Senegal prevented Egypt once again, this time from making the World Cup on the final hurdle.
Salah starred for Liverpool by winning the Carabao Cup final at Wembley but was forced out during the recent FA Cup final, a sentiment he knows all too well. Salah was left in tears in 2018 when a collision with Sergio Ramos ended their Champions League final prematurely, and Liverpool lost 3-1.
He was the hero within two minutes a year later when Liverpool beat Tottenham to win the tournament thanks to an early penalty from Salah, followed by a late goal from Divock Origi. But Liverpool’s near-failure in the Premier League, coupled with their unfortunate record in the finals, are sure to inspire Salah to step up and finally get his big moment on the main stage.
It’s not just business for Salah, the final against Real Madrid is personal, and Liverpool fans can expect to see a focused and relentless forward in Paris. Salah even admitted that he hopes to face Real Madrid and even called the match a ‘revenge’ mission.
After Real Madrid stunned City and reached the final, Salah returned to social media and teased fans by claiming he has a ‘account to settle’. And Salah even spoke on BT Sport and admitted that he was hoping to face Madrid over City.
“I want to play against Real Madrid,” the forward told BT Sport. “We lost in the final against them, so I want to play against them and I hope to win too.”
It would be the perfect way to end a crazy season for Liverpool, and they have the added bonus that the European crown has been won by the club in Paris before, and coincidentally it was against Real Madrid. The 1981 Champions League final ended 1-0 to Liverpool, with a late goal from Alan Kennedy separating the teams.