Mo Salah has opened up on the role Manchester City have played in Liverpool’s Champions League final preparations.

Liverpool face Real Madrid in Paris on Saturday night looking for their seventh European Cup, with City’s conquerers Real looking for a record-extending 14th. With a Carabao Cup and FA Cup already secured this season, Liverpool were hoping for a historic quadruple, but City’s late comeback last week on the final day of the Premier League season ended those dreams.

Speaking ahead of the Champions League final, Salah says Liverpool have used their disappointment of not winning the Premier League title to motivate them in their build-up this week.

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“I’m very motivated, motivated through the roof,” he said, also referring to his disappointment in Liverpool’s Champions League final with Real in 2018 when he was injured in the first half.

“I think after what happened with Madrid last time, and also what happened on Sunday [in the Premier League], everybody is motivated to win the Champions League, because this is [an] unbelievable trophy for us. I think every season we fight for it since I came here, I think everybody is excited for it.”

Salah also expanded on his disappointment of losing the Africa Cup of Nations final with Egypt this season, saying: “I didn’t want to think about it. I felt in that time there was three or four other trophies you can win, just go for them and I give it a try. I gave my best.

“Until Sunday, we were close to winning three but we were unlucky. City [are] also a good team. They did great against Villa and won the game. In my mind, I’m just realistic a little bit.

“I’m trying to think positive all the time and I felt after Egypt we have Carabao Cup, FA Cup, Champions League, Premier League with the team – nothing else you can do, so just try to give your best for the team.”

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