The Reds missed out on the Premier League title following Manchester City’s 3-2 win over Aston Villa on the final day of the season. This is despite Liverpool’s 3-1 success over Wolves as Jurgen Klopp’s side finished a point behind their rivals in what was a pulsating title race.
Both sides pushed each other to the maximum, recording 93 and 92 points, which is the second-highest amount of points by two teams combined in the Premier League era. But City managed to just come out on top and lifted their fourth title in five seasons at the Etihad Stadium.
Although the league did not go Liverpool’s way, they could still win three trophies this season if they manage to beat Los Blancos in Paris this weekend. The Reds lifted the Carabao Cup with a penalty shootout success over Chelsea, before beating the same opposition by the same outcome in the FA Cup.
Klopp had never won those two competitions before this campaign but he has managed to defy the odds and continue to progress this Liverpool side. Salah has been a major part of their success and he is determined to win another trophy. Holding the awards he won as the Premier League’s joint-top goalscorer (23) and top assister (13) this season, he posted a blunt message on Twitter referring to the Champions League final, writing: “We’re not done yet.”
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Liverpool face Los Blancos on Saturday – a repeat of the 2018 final where Loris Karius made two errors and Gareth Bale scored a terrific overhead kick to take the trophy away from the Reds. But the game was also overshadowed after Salah had to be taken off with a shoulder injury.
The Egyptian was tussling with Sergio Ramos and Salah came off worse, having to be replaced just before the half-hour mark. It was a frustrating end to what was a terrific debut season at Anfield.
There is no doubt Salah will be very motivated for this game and he admitted he would rather have played Real than Manchester City after his side’s semi-final win over Villarreal.
Salah told BT Sport in May: “I want to play Madrid, I have to be honest. City are a really tough team, we played against them a few times this season, but I think if you ask me personally, I would prefer Madrid. Because we lost in the final against them, I want to play against them, and hopefully win against them.”