Salah’s chance to dispel Kyiv’s nightmare

01 Jun 2022 | 08:56 | Football

Mohamed Salah created quite a stir before the Champions League final against Real Madrid in Paris. The Liverpool forward posted on social media that they have a ‘score to settle’ after the Spanish champions set up a rematch in the 2018 Champions League final earlier this month.

Salah’s urge to settle the score is understandable. The Egyptian’s night ended in tears in Kyiv in 2018 when he had to leave the field after a skeptical challenge by Sergio Ramos, the Real Madrid captain at the time, in the final that the Devils Red lost 3-1.

In seeking revenge and erasing those unpleasant memories, the 29-year-old has reason to be confident about keeping his promise this time around. Salah is having his best Champions League season since 2018 in terms of goals scored. As of now, he has scored eight goals and two assists this season, scoring a total of 33 goals and providing 11 assists in the league since the 2017/18 season.

Salah’s stature for this Liverpool side is well known, but his influence has placed him alongside some of the best players in Champions League history. Given his relative obscurity at this level before joining the English club, his transformation is even more remarkable. He will be desperate to add to his goal list by scoring in another Champions League final after helping his side win the title by scoring against Tottenham Hotspur in 2019.

Salah’s comments were not taken lightly in Madrid, however, as Uruguayan midfielder Fede Valverde reacted with fury. Real boss Carlo Ancelotti also revealed that his side will take the field to avenge their 41-year-old Champions League final loss to the Red Devils in Paris.

All of this leads us to the final question: Can Liverpool banish Kyiv’s nightmare, or will Madrid make Salah suffer again?