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