I want Liverpool to play Real Madrid in the Champions League final

Mohamed Salah has little question who he desires Liverpool to face within the Champions League closing.

Talking after Liverpool clinched their place within the showpiece event on the Stade de France later this month, the Egyptian star didn’t need to suppose twice when requested whether or not he would slightly face Manchester Metropolis or Real Madrid. Metropolis lead Madrid 4-3 forward of Wednesday’s semifinal second leg within the Spanish capital.

“I want to play Madrid,” he instructed BT Sport after Liverpool sealed a 5-2 mixture semifinal win over Villarreal in Spain on Tuesday. “I have to be honest. City is a really tough team, we play against them a few times this season. But if you ask me personally I would prefer Madrid.”

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Whereas Liverpool are as soon as once more going head-to-head with Manchester Metropolis for the Premier League title, Salah has very private historical past with Madrid on the most important stage. Madrid beat Liverpool 3-1 within the 2018 Champions League closing after Salah was compelled off within the first half with a shoulder damage sustained after being dragged to the bottom by then-Madrid captain Sergio Ramos.

“We lost in the final so I want to play against them, hopefully win it from them as well,” Salah added.

Liverpool, who stay on the right track for a singular quadruple this season, have now reached three Champions League finals up to now 5 seasons, having bounced again from that Madrid defeat in 2018 to win the trophy the next season.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp, in the meantime, mentioned reaching his fourth Champions League closing as a coach felt virtually like a brand new expertise.

“It feels like the first in 20 [years],” Klopp, who led Borussia Dortmund to the ultimate of the competitors in 2013, instructed BT Sport. “It’s outstanding, because we obviously made it a little tricky for ourselves, but we knew these kind of things could happen.”

Liverpool, main 2-0 from the primary leg in England final week, had been rocked by two first-half objectives from the Spanish facet earlier than three second-half strikes secured their progress.

Klopp’s facet had been shocked by Villarreal’s aggressive man marking within the first half, which took them out of their very own urgent recreation, and the coach conceded that he struggled to seek out highlights from the opening 45 minutes to indicate his gamers.

“We knew what was wrong because it was obvious, but we didn’t have a situation to show them where we got it right,” Klopp mentioned.

“I said [to my staff], ‘find one where we do it well and we can show it,’ and we come in and they said, ‘no, we don’t have it.'”

The introduction of Colombian winger Luis Diaz on the break appeared to brighten up Liverpool’s assault as Fabinho, Diaz and Sadio Mane scored the objectives that acquired them into the ultimate.

“Obviously Luis, what a player he is, but it’s not about who came on, it was about how we started to play,” Klopp mentioned.

In contrast to Salah, the 54-year-old coach mentioned he had no desire for who his crew would face within the closing on Could 28, saying “whoever it will be, it will be massive.”

For reverse quantity Unai Emery, it was the top of an epic Champions League marketing campaign for Villarreal, who knocked out Juventus and Bayern Munich en path to the semifinals.

“Tonight we showed everybody we are a good team as well, we can have chances … but the difference in two matches, in the first leg and the second leg was their excellence,” the Spaniard instructed BT Sport.

Info from Reuters was used on this report.

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