Klopp ‘not worried’ that Salah’s revenge mission against Real Madrid will take over in UCL final

Date published: Friday 27th May 2022 4:53 - Dan Butterfield

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp and forward Mohamed Salah

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is not worried that Mohamed Salah’s mission for revenge against Real Madrid will take over in the Champions League final.

Salah had to be substituted in the first half of the 2018 final between the two sides with injury and has spoke of his desire to get revenge when they meet again in Paris on Saturday evening.

Real Madrid are having a mixed week of Champions League mind games against Liverpool

However, Klopp is not worried by it and explained that every player will have their own motivation for the clash.

Speaking to the media ahead of the final, the German said: “We don’t have to worry about it taking over too much – it’s completely normal. We all lost that day but he did get injured very early in the game – he’s in very good shape but he was then in good shape too.

“It’s a normal feeling we all get and everyone is motivated by different things – I have 26 players here who are all motivated by different things and that’s completely fine. I have no problem with that.

“The only issue is if that is the only motivation but that is not the case in most cases – it’s normal that Mo wants to put things right.

“We didn’t forget what happened that time but it’s a while ago and we have so many reasons that we should give our absolute everything tomorrow night. That might be one reason but it’s not the only one.”

After missing out to Real in 2018, Liverpool cam back the following year to beat Spurs in the final and win the club’s sixth European trophy.

When asked if they won it on Saturday would it feel any better this time, Klopp replied: “I have no idea how it will be if we win it. You will have to ask me that question after the game.

“Real Madrid are the most decorated club in the Champions League, some players can win it five times, the manager can win four times, we cannot get this experience overnight.

“We’re experienced too, third final in five years. That’s special.”

Klopp was also asked about the form of Naby Keita this season, who has finally found an extended period of fitness with the club.

“It’s important for me that we can train and play consistently – he is at the perfect age with more experience and at first as soon as Naby adapted to my style he got injured.

“But he is now in the shape of his life too, he had a really good season for us, an incredibly important player for us.”

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