Egypt’s Mohamed Aboutrika, who played in the 2012 Olympics with Mo Salah, believes that Real Madrid left-back Marcelo is “terrified” of Liverpool’s star forward.
In 51 games this season, Salah scored has 44 goals and provided 16 assists, establishing himself as one of Europe’s best attackers. Aside from winning almost 40 personal accolades, he also has the opportunity to win the Champions League with Liverpool.
Although many are writing the Reds off and insisting that Real Madrid have already won the game, I think Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mané will have something to say about that.
Between the three of them, they have scored a combined 90 goals this season, becoming the most lethal strike force in Europe.
“Liverpool have a big chance to win the Champions League against Real Madrid,” Mohamed Aboutrika told beIN Sports MENA.
“I witnessed on that pitch what Salah can do to Marcelo during the Olympic Games.
“I was playing with Egypt against Brazil. Marcelo is terrified of Salah. I noticed the same thing in the Champions League when Roma played against Real Madrid [in 2016].”
Regardless of whether or not Marcelo is genuinely scared of Salah, the fact that the Brazilian fullback leaves massive gaps at the back by being so attacking will allow the Liverpool no.11 opportunities to run in behind.
There are just 9 days left until the final in Kiev. Real Madrid still have one La Liga game left against Villarreal before they can truly begin preparations for the UEFA showpiece.
Zinedine Zidane has received a boost ahead of next week Saturday, with Cristiano Ronaldo and Dani Carvajal both returning to full training on Wednesday. Both players are expected to be fit to face Villarreal this weekend and will be available to face Liverpool.