Mohamed Salah ignored advice from ex-Liverpool ace Dietmar Hamann to keep quiet over his desire for Champions League revenge.
The Egyptian King, 29, was forced off the field after just half an hour in the 2018 final, sustaining a shoulder injury when coming together with Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos. With their star man watching on from the side-lines, Liverpool yielded to Madrid's second-half onslaught – helped unreservedly by Lorus Karius' high-profile blunders, as the Reds fell to a 3-1 defeat.
Taking to Twitter following Real Madrid's dramatic comeback against Manchester City in this year's semi-final, Salah immediately tweeted about his need for revenge. "We have a score to settle," posted the Liverpool star on social media – against advice from previous Champions League winner Hamann.
"I saw the tweet and I’m not a big fan of it, I've got to say," the German told Sky Sports. "What happened was unfortunate, I'm not sure it was Ramos' intention to injure him. Obviously, he pulled him down, it was unfortunate he had to come off.
"But as we know it took one or two goalkeeping mistakes to swing the game into Real Madrid's favour. I always prefer when players keep quiet, they can talk after the game.
"But I understand where he's coming from. He said before the game he would rather play Madrid, he's got that now so let's hope he has a cool head."
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Salah, though, doubled down when asked about his desire for retribution on Saturday. "It's revenge time," he told reporters. "They beat us in the final last time. It was a very sad day for all of us, so yeah.
He added: "I said I wanted to play them in the final. I’m sure it’s going to be a tough game. They beat a lot of good teams but I’m excited. The team is excited. We need to stay focused."
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