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Salah: Champions League win is the start of something special for Liverpool

Mohamed Salah says Liverpool’s Champions League win is ‘something special’ and believes it is the ‘start’ of a successful period for the club.

Salah opened the scoring from the penalty spot as Liverpool beat Tottenham 2-0 in Madrid, with Divock Origi netting a late second as Jurgen Klopp’s side were crowned champions of Europe for the sixth time in the club’s history.

The win was Liverpool’s first major trophy since Klopp arrived as manager in 2015, but after having also enjoyed a strong league campaign Salah believes the success is just ‘the start’ for the Merseyside club.

“It is something special. The first trophy and it’s the Champions League!” he told the Guardian.

“It’s the start. It’s the first competition. We will go next season for the Premier League. This season was the first season we were really fighting for the Premier League; last season we were basically fighting for the Champions League. The year before the Europa League. We lost the Premier League with one point against Man City, which was well deserved.

“I don’t want to take anything away from Tottenham. They were great, a good team and deserved to be in the final. They had an unbelievable competition. What I can say to them is: ‘Sorry, and good luck in the future.’

“The average age of the team is 26/27 so we still have young players. It is good experience for us to win the trophy now and also last season we learned a lot. As you could see, we were more calm, scored a second goal after 87 minutes and we were patient in the game. We did everything to win the game and we deserved it.”