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‘Excited’ Salah dreaming of scoring Champions League winner

Mohamed Salah says he is ‘excited’ ahead of the Champions League final and admits he is dreaming of scoring the winner when Liverpool face Tottenham on June 1.

Jurgen Klopp’s side meet their Premier League rivals in an all-English affair in Madrid this weekend, looking to go one better after suffering defeat to Real Madrid in last season’s showpiece.

Liverpool forward Salah was forced to withdraw in the first-half of that 3-1 defeat with a dislocated shoulder following a robust challenge from Sergio Ramos, and the Egyptian admits he is ‘excited’ as the Merseyside club get another opportunity to be crowned champions of Europe.

“I am so happy that I have the chance to play another final. I hope I can play the full game this time,” he told BeIn Sports.

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

The 26-year-old was asked if he had dreamt of scoring the goal that clinches Liverpool’s sixth European Cup, admitting he hopes to be the difference in Saturday’s final before enjoying international success with Egypt this summer.

“Not just dream, I hope it becomes a reality and I score in the final, then win the African Cup of Nations [next month] too.”

Salah also discussed Liverpool’s preparations, saying he believes the experience of losing last seasons final could benefit the club against a Tottenham side who will be appearing in the club’s first ever European Cup final.

“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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