Mo Salah details Jurgen Klopp’s private chat as Liverpool seek revenge on Real Madrid

Mohamed Salah had a private chat with Jurgen Klopp after the Egyptian star hobbled out of Liverpool’s 3-1 defeat by Real Madrid in the 2018 Champions League final

Liverpool's Egyptian midfielder Mohamed Salah (L) and Liverpool's German manager Jurgen Klopp
Mohamed Salah spoke to Jurgen Klopp after the disappointment four years ago

Mohammed Salah has revealed he had a private meeting with Jurgen Klopp to motivate himself after Liverpool were beaten by Real Madrid in the 2018 Champions League final.

Liverpool will face Carlo Ancelotti’s side in the Champions League spectacle on May 28 at the Stade de France in Paris against Villarreal 5-2 in the semifinals. The game will be a repeat of the 2018 final in Kyiv, in which Real won 3-1 thanks to a goal from Karim Benzema and two goals from Gareth Bale.

The game is remembered for Bale’s impact from the bench and Loris Karius’ disastrous goal in goal in what turned out to be his last game for the club. But it also harbors bad memories for Salah, who had to be substituted with a shoulder injury after a tough first-half tackle by Sergio Ramos.

The nature of the defeat in Kyiv was hard for Salah to take but he says Klopp gave him the impetus to recover. Liverpool won the competition the following year, beating Tottenham 2-0 in the final and are back in the biggest club game in the world later this month.

“You just feel so disappointed, so down,” Salah said Sky Sports after the defeat against Real four years ago. “‘Oh come on, not in this game!’ But when you have time, you forget.

“I had work matters and then vacation. On this holiday I just asked what do you want? Keep crying and sad about it and it’s killing you? Or you just fight back. And I fought again in the best way and that’s why we’re here now.

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Mohamed Salah sustained a shoulder injury in the 2018 Champions League final


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“We had a meeting afterwards and the manager spoke to us in pre-season. We were so hungry to win the Champions League the following year and we came very close in the Premier League too. I think it also had some advantages, not everything was good to lose that final, but we had advantages.”

Liverpool looked set to meet Premier League rivals Manchester City in the Champions League final after Riyad Mahrez gave Pep Guardiola’s side a 5-3 aggregate lead in the semi-finals in the 73rd minute . But Rodrygo’s two late goals sent the tie into extra time where Benzema won it with a penalty.

Real’s comeback win suited Salah, who was open about his desire Face the Spanish giants in the final. “If you all ask [at Liverpool], everyone wanted this game,” he said. “I don’t know why we can’t talk about it, but I can talk about it – I wanted this game! I wanted to play against Real Madrid before this game.

“Obviously I don’t put too much credit on them. They are an incredible team with a great coach and great players. When they asked me who I wanted, I said Madrid. That’s an easy answer.”

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