Mohamed Salah sends six-word message to Real Madrid as Liverpool seek UCL final revenge
Liverpool superstar Mohamed Salah may well have been one of the countless people watching as Manchester City and Real Madrid fought for the right to be in the UEFA Champions League final later this month.
Speaking after the win against Villarreal to BT Sport, as quoted by ESPN and covered by TheKopTimes, the Egyptian made it very clear that he would like to face Madrid in the final of the UCL later this month.
And he got his wish yesterday night after Los Galacticos pulled an absolute rabbit out of the hat against Man City. Trailing by 2 goals on aggregate and with 89 minutes on the clock, Carlo Ancelotti’s men equalised to send the tie into extra time.
Karim Benzema’s penalty was enough to hand the 13-time UCL champions a 3-1 win on the night and a 6-5 win on aggregate. Rodrygo, who plays down the right-wing much like Mo Salah at Liverpool, was the hero on the night as it was his brace that made the comeback possible.
As for the Egyptian superstar, it seems like he still has revenge on his mind. Posting on Instagram and Twitter after the game, the former AS Roma superstar posted a six-word warning to Madrid, stating “We have a score to settle” followed by three pictures of him in a Liverpool shirt. (h/t Liverpool Echo)
Salah was forced off against Madrid in the 2018 UEFA Champions League after a deliberate challenge from Sergio Ramos. The Reds lost 3-1 on the night but rather than acting as a knockout blow, that loss served as the catalyst for the Reds to win the UCL and Premier League title in the coming years.
Liverpool vs Real Madrid head-to-head record in the UEFA Champions League
The Reds and the Whites have faced each other eight times in the UEFA Champions League. The first came in the European Cup final in 1981, which was coincidentally also in Paris. Liverpool won that game 1-0 and only faced Madrid next in the 2008/09 season.
A Steven Gerrard-led Liverpool recorded a 5-0 aggregate win then, which included a thrashing at Anfield by a 4-0 scoreline. We have yet to beat the Spaniards since then, losing both group games in the 2014/15 campaign, the 2018 UCL final in Basel, and most recently, the quarter-final tie last year by a 3-1 aggregate scoreline.
This comes as a chance for Salah and co to set the record straight against Ancelotti’s men. The Italian, who left Everton last year to take over the managerial helm at Madrid, recently sealed his side’s La Liga crown this season.
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They have no other commitments this season which requires them to field their strongest team while the Reds have five games akin to a final- four in the Premier League and one showpiece Wembley finale against Chelsea. Salah, one of our very best players, may well be required to see us across the line in those two competitions and hopefully, is in top shape to take revenge on the side that dashed our hopes four years ago.