Salah out to banish Champions League nightmare

Mohamed Salah is determined to make up for Liverpool's Champions League final defeat last season, which was cut short against Real Madrid.

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Liverpool star Mohamed Salah is dreaming of scoring the winning goal in the Champions League final as he looks to banish last season's nightmare.

Salah and Liverpool will contest back-to-back Champions League finals when they face Premier League rivals Tottenham in Madrid on Saturday.

Liverpool lost 3-1 to Real Madrid last year – a result headlined by a shoulder injury to Salah that forced the Egyptian forward off the field in tears in Kiev.

But fast forward 12 months and Salah – who has scored 26 goals in all competitions this season – is determined to put the 2018 heartbreak behind him.

"I am so happy that I have the chance to play another final. I hope I can play the full game this time," Salah told beIN SPORTS.

"I am very excited for that. I hope we can right what happened last season, get a good result and win the competition."

Asked if he dreamed of scoring the winner for Liverpool, Salah replied: "Not just dream. I hope it becomes a reality and I score in the final, then win the African Cup of Nations [being played in Egypt next month] too."

Salah added: "This is our second final in a row. We lost the first but everything feels better this time around and we have more experience than last time.

"We are all looking forward and we had a good preparation period in Spain. We are back in Liverpool and we are feeling very motivated as players and coaching staff. I hope we can win it this time.

"We had great preparations in Spain and it was a good time to prepare there. The team is now at the best level physically. So I hope this stop was an advantage for us in the final."

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