Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah will want ‘revenge’ on Real Madrid when the two teams meet in the Champions League final, says Jamie Carragher.
Jurgen Klopp’s side booked their place in a third Champions League final in five years earlier this week, beating Villarreal 5-3 on aggregate in a relatively comfortable semi-final tie.
Liverpool looked set to face Premier League title rivals Manchester City in the May 28 final in Paris as Pep Guardiola’s side led Real Madrid 5-3 on aggregate going into injury-time at the Bernabeu.
But Real Madrid scored twice in stoppage time and again in extra time to mount a stunning comeback and knock Man City out.
Real beat Liverpool in the 2018 final to secure their 13th Champions League crown and Carragher says Salah will want ‘revenge’ on the Spanish side, not only because the Reds lost, but also because he was forced off early with an injury after a cynical foul by Sergio Ramos.
Salah’s withdrawal was a huge blow for Liverpool and Real Madrid went on to win the final 3-1, with Gareth Bale scoring twice and Reds goalkeeper Loris Karius enduring a night to forget.
‘Mo Salah will want revenge, 100%. It was a massive blow for Salah himself,’ Carragher told CBS Sports after Real Madrid’s stunning comeback against Manchester City.
‘For him, he’d just come alive that season and everyone knew what he was about. He got over 40 goals and that was going to be his moment.
‘Ramos definitely knew what he was doing. You talk about the dark arts of football and there’s probably nobody as bad. It’s part of football but he pushes it to the limit.
‘Ramos won’t be involved but Mo Salah will be desperate to put that final to bed. To be honest, a lot of that team – I’m thinking of the midfield, I’m sure that night it was Modric, Kroos and Casemiro – I think that will be the midfield again.
‘So even from Liverpool’s point of view there’s still a lot of players from that team – virtually the whole back four really, obviously not the goalkeeper.
‘But Salah, Mane, Firmino will all be involved, Henderson and Milner too. There’s a lot of players from that Liverpool team still there.’
Man City lead Liverpool by just one point with four league games remaining and face Newcastle United this weekend.
‘It is tough for us, I cannot deny,’ Guardiola said. ‘We were so close to the Champions League final.
‘Now we need to process that and come back, with our people at home and in the last four games we have.’
Former England defender Jonathan Woodgate, meanwhile, described Real Madrid’s comeback win against Manchester City as ‘probably the best game I have ever seen’.
He told BBC Radio 5 Live: ‘You could not write it. Phenomenal football by Real Madrid and City had no comeback.
‘What a game of football. It’s probably the best I have ever seen. An incredible performance by Real Madrid.’
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