Mo Salah Looked At Image Of Himself From 2018 Champions League Final Before This Year's Triumph
Two Champions League finals, two wholly different experiences for Liverpool's Mo Salah a year apart.
A year ago in Kiev, Salah landed nastily on his shoulder after a first-half clash with Sergio Ramos - the painful injury forcing him off in tears.
Liverpool would lose the game 3-1 to Real Madrid and though Salah would just about make Egypt's first World Cup in 28 years ago, he was far from fully fit.
But instead of erasing it from his memory, Salah used last year's Champions League final nightmare as motivation for the showpiece with Spurs in a Madrid a year on.
"I looked at the picture from last year before the game," Salah said after the game, as per The Telegraph.
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"I didn't look at the picture for a long time. You can feel what you can beat you so I just looked at it one time and said, 'OK, let's go'.
"I was very disappointed that I got injured and went out after 30 minutes and we lost the game. It was something to motivate me to win this time."
Salah was also asked whether he believes in fate and made it clear he subscribes to the idea that everything happens for a reason.
"I do. Absolutely," he said.
"Our job is more mental and you have to believe in yourself before the game. You could see the players - we were believing in ourselves in the game. I think everything happens for a reason and the reason for us to lose the final last season was to come back and win it again."
Salah opened the scoring inside two minutes after Liverpool were awarded a penalty and the former Roma man coolly dispatched it down the middle.
Incredibly, it was for his 100th goal involvement in Liverpool colours and the Egyptian was always confident he would be up for the task.
"I prepared myself before the game. I scored a penalty to send Egypt to the World Cup after 28 years in the last minute, so that (in the final) was easier," Salah added.
"It's great. The final of the Champions League, take a penalty, show the courage and to win the trophy."