“Now it’s revenge,” Salah said, before Real Madrid were even confirmed as Liverpool’s 2022 Champions League Final opponents. The Egyptian couldn’t resist making his intentions clear after disposing of Villarreal – either Madrid or Manchester City came next.
“We have a score to settle,” he posted on Instagram with the former guaranteed.
That score specifically was 3-1 – the margin by which the Reds lost the 2018 final, Sergio Ramos strong-arming Salah off the field not to return, and in the 2021 last eight.
Paris was supposedly the moment Salah laid his ghosts to rest, only for the Reds to fall 1-0. Salah will have his vengeance, though, in this life or the next.
A few months ago, it was looking like the next, until Liverpool were drawn to face Real Madrid yet again, in the last 16 of this season’s competition.
Could it be Mo’s night this time? Despite their poor 2022/23 league form, the Reds are chasing a return to Istanbul’s Ataturk Stadium, 18 years on from their Milan miracle.