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Gerrard laments ‘psychological effect’ of losing Salah

Real Madrid were crowned Champions League winners for the third successive season after they defeated Liverpool 3-1 in a game full of drama in Kiev tonight.

Liverpool started brightly, but were dealt a hammer blow after 30 minutes when their talisman Mohamed Salah was forced off with a suspected dislocated shoulder.

Madrid’s goals would come from two horrific howlers which came either side of Gareth Bale scoring one of the greatest ever Champions League goals with a gravity defying bicycle kick.

Speaking after the game Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard revealed losing Salah had a major effect on the men in Red and also admitted that Karius’ mistakes ultimately decided the game.

“I’ve won one and lost one. You don’t remember the ones you lose. At the end of the day those two mistakes have been pivotal to the result,” Gerrard told BT Sport.

“Liverpool have played well tonight. Losing Mo Salah had a psychological effect on everyone and Madrid came good from there.

“We spoke about experience before the game, know-how on the big stage and the Madrid players being more switched on. The first goal is a keeper in a rush.

“It’s a rush of blood to the head, all he had to do was stay calm and he’s made a mistake and been punished.”

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