Liverpool: Klopp wants to move on from Salah reaction
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Liverpool will face Real Madrid in the Champions League quarter-finals and Mohamed Salah may be more delighted about a trip to the Bernabeu than any other member of Jurgen Klopp’s squad for two reasons. While Liverpool have looked out of sorts in the Premier League, they showed excellent form in their Champions League last-16 tie against RB Leipzig.
The Bundesliga outfit were no match for the 2019 Champions League winners to maintain Klopp’s impressive record at Anfield in European knock-out matches.
The major European competition remains Liverpool’s only chance of silverware this season having dropped 25 points behind Manchester City in the Premier League while they also exited the FA Cup and Carabao Cup in the early rounds.
But Europe has proven to be a happy hunting ground for Liverpool in recent years – for the most part.
Last year’s defeat to Atletico Madrid was the first loss in a knockout round of a European competition during Klopp’s time in charge.
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He led Liverpool to the Europa League final in 2016, only to lose to Sevilla in dramatic circumstances.
They would return to the Champions League two years later to take the competition by storm in reaching the final.
Salah had just arrived at Anfield the summer prior and was a revelation in his debut campaign.
He scored 10 Champions League goals as Liverpool marched to the final where they would come up against Zinedine Zidane’s Real side.
But his shining moment on the world’s biggest stage would come to an abrupt end when he was forced off with an injury inside 30 minutes after a challenge from Sergio Ramos.
The Spanish giants would go on to win their third consecutive Champions League title while Salah was left licking his wounds.
Liverpool would go on to avenge that defeat a year later in winning their sixth major European title against Tottenham before clinching their first top flight title in 30 years the following season.
Salah was once again pivotal for Liverpool in their recent success and will be chomping at the bit to get his revenge on Real at the start of April.
But there has also been growing speculation over the Egypt international’s future at Anfield, sparked by comments he made in December where he refused to rule out a move to Spain.
Los Blancos have been reported as the favoured destination, despite their financial situation heading into the summer transfer window.
Salah though may see this as the perfect audition to show any potential suitors what he can do.
Liverpool will only be hoping it works in their favour though as well with a victory in the Champions League potentially rectifying what has otherwise been a disastrous campaign.
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