Mohamed Salah has revenge on his mind and hopes that Real Madrid comeback from behind to beat Manchester City on Wednesday night.
Liverpool looked like they might be on the receiving end of one of the greatest turnarounds in a Champions League second leg of all time on Tuesday.
Villarreal, given no chance before the first leg and arguably less after losing it 2-0, flew out of the traps to lead 2-0 at half time in Spain and give Jurgen Klopp’s side a real scare.
In the end though, it was the Premier League side who won the match and went through to the final, keeping their quadruple chances intact.
They now await the winner of Real vs City, after the two sides played out an incredible seven goal epic last week, and Salah nailed his colours to the mast after Liverpool’s win.
“I want to play Madrid, I have to be honest,” the Egyptian forward told BT Sport.
“Manchester City’s a real tough team, we’ve played against them a few times this season.
“If you ask me personally, I would prefer Madrid. We lost in the final before against them, I want to play them and hopefully we’ll win.”
The two sides famously met in the final in 2018 and Jurgen Klopp’s side looked the strongest early in the game, but things changed in a controversial incident.
Sergio Ramos brought Salah down when the pair tangled arms, with the former Roma forward having to go off with an injured shoulder.
Klopp’s team went on to lose the game 3-1, after a mixture of mistakes from Simon Mignolet and an absolute worldie from Gareth Bale.
Clearly Salah is targeting the chance to get one over on Los Blancos, although Ramos has since moved on to PSG, whilst not having to play fierce rivals City is also no doubt a factor, even if Liverpool did blow them away in the recent FA Cup semi final.”It’s great to be in the final for the third time in five years.”
“I want to play Real Madrid, I have to be honest.”
“Hopefully we’ll win it from them as well.”
Whilst the quadruple remains a target for the team this season, Salah revealed that scoring 30 goals so far this campaign isn’t actually close to what he set out to score before it began.
“Always at the start of the season, I set targets. I know what I want as an individual and collectively. That way I know how my season is going,” he told BT.