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Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher admires Mo Salah’s Real Madrid ‘revenge time’ talk

‘Don’t do anything stupid!’: Jamie Carragher urges Mohamed Salah fueled by Liverpool ‘revenge’ not to start ‘taking shots from silly angles’ in Champions League final as he seeks redemption for losing to Real Madrid in 2018

  • Mo Salah said he wants ‘revenge’ against Real Madrid in the Champions League final
  • The striker saw his match cut short after being injured by Sergio Ramos in 2018
  • Former Reds defender Jamie Carragher said he admires Salah for his honesty
  • He also stated that Jurgen Klopp’s team will not be affected by the defeat in kyiv.

Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher has praised Mohamed Salah for admitting he wants revenge on Real Madrid in the Champions League final.

After the Reds sealed their place in the final by beating Villarreal, the striker revealed that he would rather face Madrid than Manchester City as he wanted to redeem himself after being injured in the 2018 match by Sergio Ramos.

The Liverpool attacker suffered what he called the worst moment of his career in kyiv, as a shoulder injury forced him to leave the pitch in tears during the first half of the 3-1 loss.

Liverpool star Mohamed Salah has spoken of revenge against Real Madrid for the 2018 Champions League final.

Former Reds defender Jamie Carragher said he admired the striker for his honesty.

Jamie Carragher (right) has praised Mohamed Salah (left) for admitting he wants revenge

Salah’s revenge speech drew criticism from some, with Real star Fede Valverde calling it “disrespectful”, but Carragher said he admired the Egyptian for his comments and claimed Liverpool fans should be encouraged by them.

“I think it will be a great motivation for him,” Carragher said on CBS Sports via Goal. “I think he was very aggrieved because that was his moment in a way.

“He really burst onto the scene, he had been a revelation and everybody had sat up and realized he scored I think 44 goals that season.”

“The whole campaign for Liverpool was built around this guy winning the Champions League for them and being ‘Ramosed’, let’s say.” Sergio Ramos used his experience, dark arts, whatever you want to call it, in that game and I think it really was a big hit for him.

Salah suffered a shoulder injury after a clash with Sergio Ramos in the first half of 2018

Salah suffered a shoulder injury after a clash with Sergio Ramos in the first half of 2018

“Players and coaches never like to talk about revenge. They don’t like to use that word in the press to build up or maybe in some way motivate the opposition but really, we all think so!

“It’s something you just don’t say, so I actually admired Mo Salah for being honest in saying: ‘Yes, I prefer to play Real Madrid and not Man City because Man City is a better team and also because I have pending issues”.

“I liked the fact that he was honest about it and it also makes me realize that he will be so determined to win this game and that makes me feel good as a Liverpool fan.”

The Egyptian was forced to leave the pitch in tears and was consoled by his teammate Sadio Mane.

The Egyptian was forced to leave the pitch in tears and was consoled by his teammate Sadio Mane.

“Sometimes you want to play well, do too much actually, so I hope it doesn’t come across in terms of Mo taking stupid shots from dumb angles when he should be playing people. He does from time to time, but I think he’s going to have a very important role to play in the game.

He has not been (at his best) in the second half of the season. I think he is aware of that. I think you’ve seen signs of frustration in him at different times. But no, I think he will feel that this is redemption.

Salah won’t be the only Liverpool player with bitter memories of the 2018 clash, even though the Reds achieved redemption the following year by beating Tottenham in their sixth European Cup.

The rest of Jurgen Klopp's squad will have bitter memories of the 3-1 loss to Real Madrid

The rest of Jurgen Klopp’s squad will have bitter memories of the 3-1 loss to Real Madrid

Eight starters from the kyiv showdown remain part of the Liverpool squad, but Carragher insisted Jurgen Klopp’s side are in a completely different place mentally as they are no longer the underdogs.

“Even though there are a lot of Liverpool players who played in that final, I think Liverpool are in a completely different place mentally,” Carragher said.

Now, I think they feel like they belong in the Champions League final. I think that in that final four years ago they deserved to be there but it was a case of going up against the famous Real Madrid and Ronaldo, who had won two, three, four European Cups at that stage.

“I think this is a different Real Madrid, even if there are many familiar players in midfield who were the same that night.

Carragher claimed Liverpool are in a completely different place mentally four years on

Carragher claimed Liverpool are in a completely different place mentally four years on

“I think that before this game, Liverpool will not be dazzled or astonished by Real Madrid.” I think they will have a lot of confidence and it is different. Liverpool is better and Real Madrid is not as good as that team.

“As we have seen at times this season within the Champions League, Real Madrid have lost more games or as many games in the Champions League as Liverpool have all season, which shows how strong Liverpool have become since then. end four years ago. I think Liverpool have lost three games out of 62 this season, which is a phenomenal record.

“I think they will come into the final mentally in a completely different place than they were four years ago.”

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