Mohammed Salah has revealed why he wanted to face Real Madrid in this season’s Champions League final in Paris.
The Reds travelled to Spain with a 2-0 lead in tow from the first leg, but Unai Emery’s side levelled the tie early on through Boulaye Dia and Francis Coquelin at La Ceramica.
However, the second half pep talk by Jurgen Klopp and Luis Diaz’s introduction turn things around for Liverpool after Fabinho reduced the deficit to 2-1.
But former Porto winger levelled the score to 2-2 before Senegal international Sadio Mane ensure the Reds have a 5-2 aggregate after the second semi-final leg in Spain.
Salah who has already lifted the Champions League in 2019 wants a repeat of the 2018 final against Real Madrid.
The Egyptian star wants to avenge the 3-1 defeat his side suffered against the current La Liga champions after he leave the field in tears with a shoulder injury in a challenge from then Los Blancos captain Sergio Ramos.
“I want Madrid in the final. They beat us in a final already so let’s play them again,” Salah told BT Sport after Tuesday’s thrilling comeback victory.
“It was tough in the first half, but at half time the gaffer spoke to us. He was talking and shouting! We spoke to each other. We are a top team so we knew we could strike back. It makes the win more exciting.
“After we won every single group game, that is when I thought ‘we are going to win the Champions League.’ You need to focus on your work, you need to set a goal in your mind and go from there.
Liverpool’s 10th Champions League final will see them meet either Real Madrid or Manchester City, with Los Blancos down 4-3 heading into Wednesday’s second leg at the Santiago Bernabeu.