Mohamed Salah has revealed a photo of Liverpool’s 2018 Champions League final defeat provided him with all the motivation he needed to beat Tottenham.
Salah opened the scoring from the penalty spot as Liverpool were crowned champions of Europe for a sixth time, with Divock Origi’s 87th-minute strike securing a 2-0 victory in Madrid.
Liverpool were beaten 3-1 in last season’s final by Real Madrid, with Salah being forced off in the first-half through injury, and the Egyptian has revealed looking a photo of last season’s pain helped inspire him to Champions League glory this time around.
“I looked at the picture from last year before the game,” Salah said. “We were disappointed after the final and now we are back and have won it again, the sixth time for Liverpool. It is something great.
“I was very disappointed that I got injured and went out after 30 minutes and we lost the game. It was something to motivate me to win. I didn’t look at the picture for a long time. You can feel what you can beat, so I just looked at it one time and said, ‘OK, let’s go.’”
Asked whether he believed in fate and that he would take a starring role against Spurs, Liverpool’s leading goalscorer replied: “I do. Absolutely!
“Our job is more mental and you have to believe in yourself before the game. You could see the players; we were believing in ourselves in the game. I think everything happens for a reason and the reason for us to lose the final last season was to come back and win it again.”