Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah has sent a message ahead of the Champions League final as Rafa Benitez has identified Real Madrid’s major strength heading into the showdown
Mohamed Salah has warned Real Madrid that Liverpool are “not done yet” ahead of Saturday’s Champions League final.
The Reds head into the game knowing they must dust themselves down after being pipped to the Premier League title on the final day of the season courtesy of Manchester City’s 3-2 win over Aston Villa. And Salah has given a glimpse into the midset inside the Liverpool dressing room ahead of the crunch fixture.
It comes as former boss Rafa Benitez has revealed the one major strength Madrid have heading into the final in Paris. And Michael Edwards could be offered the chance to make an immediate return to football scouting when he leaves the Reds this summer, with French outfit Nice reportedly ready to make him an offer.
Here are Mirror Football’s latest Liverpool headlines.
Salah’s Champions League warning
Before Saturday’s Champions League final against Real Madrid, Mohamed Salah declaredhinted that Liverpool’s trophy hunt is far from over.
The Reds narrowly missed out on the Premier League title on the final day of the season as they finished just a single point behind Manchester City. That dashed their hopes of claiming a historic quadruple having already won the Carabao Cup with a penalty shootout victory over Chelsea, followed by an FA Cup victory over the same opponents – once again on penalties.
And Salah sent a frank message ahead of the Champions League final against Real Madrid as he wrote on Twitter : “We’re not done yet.”
Ancelotti ‘has the ability to beat Liverpool
Liverpool Champions League hero Rafael Benitez believes Carlo Ancelotti “has the ability” to lead Real Madrid to Champions League glory on Saturday.
Benitez famously led the Reds to Champions League glory in Istanbul in 2005 as the Reds beat AC Milan, then managed by Ancelotti, on penalties after one of the greatest comebacks the competition has ever seen. Liverpool had been 3-0 down at half-time but came back with goals from Steven Gerrard, Vladimír Šmicer and Xabi Alonso before Jerzy Dudek’s penalty shootout heroics.
Benitez has hinted that Ancelotti may have made mistakes in the past, but says he now has the “ability through experience” to beat the Reds in Paris.
Edwards linked with Nice move
When Michael Edwards leaves his position as sporting director at Liverpool at the end of the season, he could be offered the chance to take on a similar role with French side Nice.
The 42-year-old joined the Reds in November 2011 and has been instrumental in the club’s recent recruitment success. But he has already declared that when his contract with Liverpool expires this summer he will leave for a new challenge – and that could take lead him to Ligue 1.
According to reports, Nice are hoping to hire Edwards to replace outgoing sporting director Julien Fournier. British billionaire Sir Jim Ratcliffe, who owns the club, is apparently interested in bringing Edwards in as he aims to build a side capable of challenging for the title in years to come.