Liverpool's Salah excited for Wolverhampton test, says Champions League final with Real Madrid will be difficult

Ahmed Abd El Rasoul , Saturday 21 May 2022

Liverpool’s Egyptian star winger Mohamed Salah said he is excited for the final match of the English Premier League against Wolverhampton on Sunday, adding that the Real Madrid confrontation in the Champions League final will be a very difficult one.

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Liverpool s Egyptian midfielder Mohamed Salah controls the ball prior to the English FA Cup final football match between Chelsea and Liverpool, at Wembley stadium, in London, on May 14, 2022. AFP

 

“All of us are excited for the Wolverhampton game. We should be optimistic. The same situation happened two years ago, and they won the title that year,” Salah, 29, told beIN SPORTS TV late on Friday.

“We should win our game and then wait to see what will happen with Manchester City,” he added.

Liverpool are just one step away from the Premier League title, as they currently lie second on the league’s table with 89 points from 37 matches, just one point behind leaders and holders Manchester City.

At the same time, on Sunday, Man City will be facing Aston Villa, and a draw or loss for the Citizens could be sufficient for the Reds to win the title if they managed to beat Wolverhampton.

Since joining the Reds in June 2017 from Italy’s AS Roma, Salah quickly proved himself, playing a key role in guiding the Reds to win the Champions League title in the 2018/19 season and the Premier League in the 2019/20 season.

Salah, who won the Premier League’s Golden Boot for the competition’s top scorer twice in the 2017/18 and 2018/19 seasons, is currently playing second fiddle in the scorers race this season with 22 goals — just one goal behind top scorer Tottenham striker Harry Kane.

A very difficult Champions League final

Liverpool is also anticipating another critical confrontation this season when they face Spanish giants Real Madrid in the Champions League final on 28 May — a game that Salah believes will be quite difficult.

After securing a seat in the final following a 5-2 aggregate win over Villarreal earlier in May, Salah said he is excited to face Real Madrid again at the final in order to avenge a previous loss to the Spanish side in the 2018 final.

“People misconstrued what I said about Real Madrid, claiming that I was underestimating them,” Salah said on Saturday.

“We are talking about the biggest team in the Champions League’s history, and because of what happened in the 2018 final, I said I hope to meet them again.”

“The game will be a very difficult one, especially as they managed to pass all the difficult teams that they faced since the beginning of the tournament. I am very excited for the final. God willing, we will win the game,” the former Chelsea and AS Roma player concluded.

The Egyptian winger left the 2018 final against Madrid early after their then-skipper Sergio Ramos tackled him violently by grabbing Mo’s arm, leaving him with a serious shoulder injury that prevented him from resuming the game.

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