Salah in the mood for final re­boot af­ter in­jury heart­break in Kiev de­feat

The Daily Telegraph - Sport - - Football - By Chris Bas­combe

Liver­pool striker Mo­hamed Salah is hop­ing for a dif­fer­ent ex­pe­ri­ence of the Cham­pi­ons League final as he seeks to ban­ish the mem­o­ries of Kiev. Salah was forced off early with a shoul­der in­jury as Liver­pool were beaten 3-1 by Real Madrid last year, a con­tentious tackle by Ser­gio Ramos leav­ing the Egyp­tian in tears.

“I am so happy that I have the chance to play an­other final. I hope I can play the full game this time,” he said. “I hope we can [put] right what hap­pened last sea­son and win the com­pe­ti­tion.’’ Mean­while, man­ager Jur­gen Klopp says Liver­pool are the best side he has led into a final as he vowed to use past de­feats to mo­ti­vate his play­ers.

Liver­pool have lost their past three Euro­pean fi­nals – two with Klopp as man­ager in 2016 and 2018 – with the Ger­man hint­ing they did not have the nous to over­come Real Madrid a year ago. “I have never been part of a final with a bet­ter team than this,” he said. “Our boys mix our po­ten­tial with at­ti­tude in the best way I have wit­nessed.

‘‘I would say no­body be­lieved more in this team than the team themselves. That’s why we are here.’’ Klopp be­lieves the despair felt in Kiev has pushed his side to­wards an­other final. “Yes it has. It had a big in­flu­ence on us,” he added.

Klopp con­firmed that for­ward Roberto Firmino would be avail­able to face Spurs in Madrid on Satur­day, but added that mid­fielder Naby Keita had not re­cov­ered from a groin prob­lem.

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