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Mohamed Salah is still clearly hurting over the result of the Champions League final, after saying that Liverpool deserved to beat Real Madrid in Paris.
It's been two weeks since Vinicius Junior's second half goal was the difference between Liverpool and Real in the Champions League final.
The aftermath of the game mainly revolved around the ugly scenes at the Stade de France, before and after the game, but also focused on who 'deserved' the win.
Despite it being Vinicius' goal which ultimately decided who got to call themselves European champions, Thibaut Courtois' man of the match performance certainly made a huge difference.
The Belgian made nine saves during the game, leading many connected with the English team to claim that it was Jurgen Klopp's side who 'should' have won, and Salah has added his voice to that.
"We deserved to win, we had more chances," the Egyptian told France Football, the magazine who organise the Ballon d'Or.
"I had two or three clear chances but Thibaut Courtois made incredible saves.
"It's his job, that's what Real Madrid signed him for. It was his night."
Salah certainly makes a good point about Courtois doing exactly what his job requires him to do, which is exactly why the idea Liverpool 'deserved' to win is somewhat folly.
The former Roma forward's opinion echoed that of two players who used to play for Liverpool, who now work as pundits for difference channels.
Steve Nicol claimed that if the match had been a boxing fight then they'd have won it on a point's decision. The Scot failed to mention in his own analogy that Vinicius' goal might have been seen as a knockout blow in a boxing fight and would still have gone in Carlo Ancelotti's team's favour.
Likewise Michael Owen, now busy defending his daughter's appearance on Love Island, claimed his old team were 'still the team to beat,' despite the fact they had literally just been beat.
On winning the Ballon d'Or, Salah added, "I want to win it to join George Weah, the only African.
"It's true that I was shocked by my ranking in 2021 [seventh].
"For this year, the defeat against Real Madrid is a disadvantage, even if I played a good game in the final. But it doesn't cancel out everything I've achieved for months.
"Let's wait for the vote. And if I'm not Ballon d'Or in 2022, I'll do everything I can to be the next one."
Liverpool's loss in Paris could have a big impact on the winner of the award, with Karim Benzema now favourite to win the award, for the first time.
His impact on the entire campaign for Real has been brilliant and winning the final will no doubt help his cause, with Salah also losing the African Cup of Nations final.
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