Mo Salah seeks Champions League revenge in Liverpool v Real Madrid showdown

Mo Salah seeks Champions League revenge in Liverpool v Real Madrid showdown
The stage is set for another fiercely fought Champions League final between the two European footballing giants, who both have a staunch following in the Middle East and North Africa
2 min read
28 May, 2022
Fans will be hoping Mohammed Salah avoids injury against Real Madrid this time around [Getty]

Liverpool will face Real Madrid in Paris on Saturday night for a heavyweight Champions League final showdown that will keep football fans around the world on the edge of their seats.

Mohamed Salah, known to Premier League fans as 'The Egyptian King', will run out at the Stade de France wearing number 11 for Liverpool against Real Madrid. Both teams have a huge following across the MENA region. 

The game kicks off at 20:00 BST. 

“We have a score to settle,” Salah tweeted when he found out Liverpool would be facing the Spanish champions in a re-run of Liverpool’s agonising defeat in Kyiv four years ago. 

In their last meeting at this level, Salah was forced to leave the pitch after only 30 minutes, having been caught in a tackle by ferocious Madrid defender Sergio Ramos.  

"That was the worst moment in my career," 29-year-old Salah said at Liverpool's pre-match media day this week. "I was really, really down in that time."

Salah, who wears 10 for Egypt, has managed to calm the nerves of Liverpool fans in other ways in recent days, as contract negotiations seem set to conclude after the final. 

Months of wrangling over the Egyptian king’s future at the club have caused concern that Salah had his sights set on an international transfer this summer. 

Real Madrid themselves have been linked to a move for the Egyptian star this summer after their pursuit of young French forward Kylian Mbappé for £300 million fell through earlier in May. 

Even Egyptian sports minister Ashraf Sobhi waded into the debate over Salah's future, saying “I have advised him to continue his journey at a club other than Liverpool”. 

But Salah, known for his humility and good nature, is a fan favourite in Liverpool as much as in Cairo - and the club is not letting him go without a fight. 

Whatever the outcome of tonight’s final, the Egyptian king’s star looks set to keep rising.