Mohamed Salah played down the idea that he wanted revenge on Sergio Ramos, but sent a mixed message about the chances of leaving Liverpool for La Liga.
Salah will face Ramos again when Liverpool face Real Madrid in the Champions League quarter-finals. During their last meeting, in the 2018 final, Salah injured his shoulder after a collision with the Madrid defender.
This marks an interesting subplot for the game, but the main story is which of the two European giants will come out on top overall.
Indeed, Salah laughed at a question about his motivation to play against Ramos again in an interview with Marca.
“Let’s just say that I have a particular motivation to win the draw and advance to the semi-finals,” he said.
“What will happen now will not change the outcome of the final in Kiev. It’s from the past.
“This game is a thing of the past, so I don’t think about it. I think about the team. Everyone is focused on their team and everyone wants to win… that’s it.
The Egyptian winger has warned Madrid that his side have improved significantly since they last met. But even so, he doesn’t think there could be a favorite between them.
“Since then, we have won the Premier League and the Champions League,” he added. “We are winners. It’s a big change.
“I think we’re both strong. Both teams have won their last two Champions League games. Both teams are prepared. It’s a special competition and both teams are doing well.
Despite the recognition of Madrid’s strength, however, Salah declined to answer a question about which opponent he would sign for Liverpool.
“I think our team is pretty good as is and that’s it,” he replied.
Nonetheless, he is an admirer of Los Blancos boss Zinedine Zidane.
“He’s a great coach,” said Salah. “He’s won three Champions Leagues, he’s doing a really good job with the team.
“He left and he came back to help the team win trophies again. She was one of my idols when I was little. He is doing very well as a coach.
During this time, he also shed light on his own relationship with Jurgen Klopp.
“It’s a normal relationship between two professionals. This is how I would describe it.
Salah sends mixed message about the future
Although he clearly believes in his own side ahead of the Madrid game, Salah continues to be linked with a stint in La Liga himself.
Asked what he wants to achieve for the rest of his career, the 28-year-old revealed a simple but ambitious goal.
“I hope to do the same thing that I have done in recent years,” he said. “Winning trophies, scoring goals, helping my team win trophies… That’s the most important thing for me.”
He was then in a hurry to find out if he could see himself at another club.
“It does not depend on me. We’ll see what happens, but I’d rather not talk about it now.
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And further questioned on the possibility of ending up in La Liga, he gave an answer that could worry Liverpool.
“I hope to be able to play for many more years. Why not?
“Nobody knows what’s going to happen in the future, so… maybe someday, yes.”
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