Liverpool, Salah: "The quarrel with Ramos is a thing of the past"

The Egyptian was forced out of injury in the 2018 Champions League final due to a controversial duel with the Spaniard.

Mohamed Salah has shared his problems with center-back Sergio Ramos in the past, at least publicly, as he prepares to face Real Madrid on April 6 in the Champions League quarter-finals. The Egypt striker said he is no longer thinking about his dislocated shoulder caused by a duel with Ramos in the 2018 competition final, which has forced him to watch Liverpool's 3-1 defeat ever since. the locker room.

Instead of dwelling on what happened in Kyiv, Salah has focused on the future and is keen to get a better result against Real Madrid this time around. "This game is a thing of the past, so I don't think about what happened with Sergio Ramos," Mohamed Salah said in an interview with Marca. "I think about the team. Everyone is focused on their team and everyone wants to win ... that's it."

"Let's just say that I have a special motivation to win the draw and advance to the semi-finals. What will happen now will not change the outcome of the final in Kyiv. It's a thing of the past. I think we are. both strong. Both teams have won their last two Champions League games. Both teams are ready. It's a special competition and both teams are doing well, "added the Reds forward.

"Helping my team win is the most important thing for me"

The incident between Salah and Ramos will undoubtedly be seen as one of the intrigues of the quarterfinals, no matter how the players try to play it down. They remain central figures of their respective teams, even though so much has happened in the meantime - Liverpool have won the Champions League and the Premier League and Real Madrid have won La Liga and several domestic cups since their clash in 2018.

What's more, due to their position on the pitch, of course, the two men will have to have a direct confrontation during the meeting. But the stakes in the quarter-final first leg are far greater than gaining ground in a personal feud. “I hope to do the same thing that I have been doing for the past few years,” said Salah. "Winning trophies, scoring goals, helping my team win trophies ... That's the most important thing for me."

The Liverpool striker is however more wary than ever of the injured Madrid beast accustomed to shining in the competition: "What I'm afraid of Real Madrid? The fact that they can win the Champions League. They play this very well. competition, they've won it, I don't know, several times in the last 10 years they've won four. It's a team that's really good in the Champions League. "