‘Don’t do anything stupid!’: Jamie Carragher urges Liverpool’s ‘revenge’-driven Mohamed Salah not to start ‘taking shots from silly angles’ in the Champions League final, as he seeks redemption for losing to Real in 2018
- Mo Salah said he wants ‘revenge’ against Real Madrid in Champions League final
- The forward had his game cut short after being injured by Sergio Ramos in 2018
- Former Reds defender Jamie Carragher said he admires Salah for his honesty
- He also claimed Jurgen Klopp’s side will not be haunted by the defeat in Kyiv
Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher has praised Mohamed Salah for admitting he wants revenge against Real Madrid in the Champions League final.
After the Reds sealed their spot in the final by beating Villarreal, the forward revealed he would rather face Madrid than Manchester City as he wanted redemption after being injured in the 2018 fixture by Sergio Ramos.
The Liverpool attacker suffered what he called the worst moment of his career in Kyiv as the shoulder injury forced him off the pitch in tears during the first half of the 3-1 defeat.
Jamie Carragher (right) has praised Mohamed Salah (left) for admitting he wants revenge
Salah’s revenge talk drew criticism from some with Real star Fede Valverde branding it ‘disrespectful’ but Carragher said he admired the Egyptian for his comments and claimed Liverpool fans should be encouraged by them.
‘I think it will be a big motivation for him,’ Carragher said on CBS Sports via Goal. ‘I think he was very aggrieved because that was his moment in some ways.
‘He really burst onto the scene, he had been a revelation and the whole world had sat up and taken notice with him scoring I think 44 goals that season.
‘The whole campaign for Liverpool was built around this guy winning the Champions League for them and he got “Ramosed”, shall we say. Sergio Ramos used his experience, dark arts, whatever you want to call it, in that game and I think that was a huge blow for him really.
Salah suffered a shoulder injury from a clash with Sergio Ramos in the first half in 2018
‘Players and managers never like to talk about revenge. They don’t like to use that word in the press to build up or maybe in some ways motivate the opposition but, really, we all think it!
‘It’s something that you just don’t say, so I actually admired Mo Salah for actually just being honest to say, “Yeah, I’d rather play Real Madrid and not Man City because Man City are a better team and also because I’ve got unfinished business”.
‘I liked the fact that he was honest about it and it also makes me realise that he is going to be so determined to win this game and that makes me feel good as a Liverpool supporter.
The Egyptian was forced off the pitch in tears and was consoled by team-mate Sadio Mane
‘Sometimes, you want to play well, do too much really, so I hope it doesn’t manifest itself in terms of Mo taking stupid shots from silly angles when he should be playing people in. He does do that from time to time, but I think he’s gonna have a huge role to play in the game.
‘He hasn’t been (at his) best in the second half of the season. I think he’s aware of that. I think you’ve seen signs of frustration from him at different times. But no, I think he’ll feel like this is redemption.’
Salah won’t be the only Liverpool player with bitter memories of the 2018 clash, despite the Reds going on to clinch redemption the following year by beating Tottenham to their sixth European Cup.
The rest of Jurgen Klopp’s squad will have bitter memories of the 3-1 defeat to Real Madrid
Eight starters from the Kyiv showdown remain part of the Liverpool squad but Carragher insisted Jurgen Klopp’s side are in a completely different place mentally as they are no longer the underdogs.
‘Even though there’s a lot of Liverpool players that played in that final, I think Liverpool are in a completely different place mentally,’ Carragher said.
‘Now, I think they feel like they belong in the Champions League final. I think that final four years ago, they deserved to be there but it was a case of pulling up against the very famous Real Madrid and Ronaldo, who had won two, three, four European Cups at that stage.
‘I think this is a different Real Madrid even if there are a lot of familiar players in the midfield that were the same on that night.
Carragher claimed Liverpool are in a completely different place mentally four years on
‘I think going into this game, Liverpool will not be starstruck or feel like they’re in awe of Real Madrid. I think they’ll be very confident and it is different. Liverpool are better and Real Madrid are not as good as that team.
‘As we’ve seen at times this season within the Champions League, Real Madrid have lost more games or as many games in the Champions League as Liverpool have all season, which shows how strong Liverpool have become since that final four years ago. I think Liverpool have lost three games in 62 this season, which is a phenomenal record.
‘I think they’ll go into the final in a completely different place mentally than they did four years ago.’