Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah has revealed his motivation after the Champions League final against Tottenham Hotspur after he was reduced to tears after his collision with Sergio Ramos in the last season’s finals.
Salah was substituted after 30 minutes against Real Madrid following a dislocated shoulder from the collision with Real Madrid captain.
The Egyptian forward scored just two minutes into the encounter to give Liverpool the lead at the Wanda Metropolitano and another goal from Divock Origi in the closing minute ensured Liverpool clinch their 6th Champions League title.
“I looked at the picture from last year before the game,' said Salah, who opened up on the incident for the first time.
“We were a little bit disappointed after that final but now we are back and we have won it again - the sixth time for Liverpool. It is something great.
“I prepared myself before the game. I scored a penalty to send Egypt to the World Cup after 28 years in the last minute, so this one (in the final) was easier.
“I didn't look at the picture for a long time. You can feel what can beat you so I just looked at it one time and said, ‘OK - let's go’.
“Disappointment went through my mind (when he looked at the picture).
“I was very disappointed that I got injured and went out after 30 minutes and we lost the game. So it was something to motivate me to win this one.
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“Last year was one of the worst moments of my life, yeah, and yes I think this is one of the best.
“We were so upset and disappointed after the final, and now here we are back and winning the trophy. Sixth time for Liverpool, it is something great.”
It was almost as if it was fate that decided just 23 seconds into the game that the Reds would be given a penalty and, after Tottenham’s protests were waved away, up stepped Salah.
Having not been able to make an impact last year, he was given the chance to score in two minutes here.
Asked whether he believed in fate, Salah replied: 'I do. Yeah, of course. Absolutely.
“Our job is more mental and you have to believe in yourself before the game. You could see the players; we were believing in ourselves in the game.
“I think everything happens for a reason and the reason for us to lose the final last season was to come back and win it again. It's great.
“The final of the Champions League, take a penalty, show the courage and to win the trophy.”
There was still huge pressure on Salah’s shoulders for that early penalty.
But the Egyptian king’s experience of firing his country into the 2018 World Cup helped him hold his nerve.
He added: “I prepared myself before the game you know.
“I shoot a penalty to send Egypt to the World Cup after 28 years, last minute, so this one was easy then this time!”