Mohamed Salah wants Liverpool to take revenge on Real Madrid for their 2018 Champions League final defeat
Liverpool striker Mohamed Salah is preparing for a “revenge” mission against Real Madrid when they meet in the Champions League final later this month.
alah, who was named Footballer of the Year by the Football Writers’ Association on Thursday night, was part of the Liverpool side that were beaten by Madrid in the 2018 final in Kyiv.
The same two sides will meet in Paris on May 28 after Real had a remarkable comeback win over Manchester City on Wednesday and Liverpool’s professional job at Villarreal the night before.
Asked if he sees this next meeting as revenge for four years ago, the Egyptian striker replied: “Yes, we lost in the final, it was a sad day for all of us and I think it’s time for revenge.
“I’m so excited, I said before the game that I want to play against Madrid in the final.
“I’m sure it will be a tough game, they beat a lot of good teams, so we just have to focus on the game.”
Liverpool could yet finish the season with an unprecedented quadruple, sit a point behind Premier League leaders Manchester City and face an FA Cup final against Chelsea, having already won the Carabao Cup.
Salah hopes his FWA award can be the start of a memorable end to the campaign, adding: “It feels great.
“First of all I would like to thank everyone who voted for me. Of course journalists are a big part of the football family and hopefully we can win a few more (trophies) this year.”
Chelsea striker Sam Kerr received the women’s award after a good season in the Women’s Super League.
Salah and Kerr accepted their trophies at Thursday’s Footballer of the Year dinner in London.
Salah received 48 percent of the vote in the men’s category, ahead of Manchester City playmaker Kevin De Bruyne and West Ham midfielder Declan Rice.
Salah has scored 30 goals for the Reds this season, 22 in the Premier League, while Jurgen Klopp’s side are aiming for more domestic and European success.
The 29-year-old has won the FWA Award, which has been presented since 1948, for the second time and was also voted Footballer of the Year in 2018.
For the first time, the vote for Female Footballer of the Year was open to full membership of the FWA, with the award introduced in 2018 having previously been awarded by a panel of experts.
Australian striker Kerr, who has put Chelsea top of the table with 18 goals in the Women’s Super League, received 40 per cent of the vote, with Arsenal’s Vivianne Miedema in second place and Manchester City’s Lauren Hemp in third.
The Blues are a point clear of Arsenal ahead of the final WSL game of the season and could clinch the title against Manchester United on Sunday.
Comparing this season to previous years, Kerr said, “I think it’s the same. I think every year I strive to be the best player I can be and I think the older I get the more I appreciate it.
“It’s still fun, but you can’t really compare (seasons).”
https://www.independent.ie/sport/soccer/champions-league/mohamed-salah-wants-liverpool-revenge-on-real-madrid-for-2018-champions-league-final-defeat-41618741.html Mohamed Salah wants Liverpool to take revenge on Real Madrid for their 2018 Champions League final defeat