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Mohammed Salah not out for revenge as he prepares to meet Sergio Ramos

Mohamed Salah insists he’s not out for revenge ahead of his reunion with Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos, who was responsible for the Liverpool star’s premature exit from his first Champions League final.

The Egyptian was forced off half an hour into the Kiev clash in 2018 with the score goalless after he was hauled to the ground by the Spaniard which resulted in a shoulder injury.

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This challenge by Ramos infuriated Liverpool fans. Salah insists he doesn’t hold a grudge though

The Reds went on to lose the final 3-1, although they returned 12 months later to lift a sixth European Cup in Madrid against Tottenham with Salah opening the scoring in the final.

As the two teams prepare to face each other next Tuesday in the Champions League quarter-finals, Salah said he was not dwelling on his history with Ramos.

“That game is in the past, so I don’t think about it. I’m thinking about the team. Everyone is focused on their team and everyone wants to win… that’s it,” the 28-year-old told Marca.

“What’s going to happen now isn’t going to change the result of the final in Kiev. That’s in the past.

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Salah’s final ended in tears and he insists it’s all forgotten about

“Let’s just say that I have special motivation to win the tie and go through to the semi-finals.”

Salah accepts both teams have changed since 2018 and, while only two of Liverpool’s starting line-up in Ukraine have left the club, they will also be without the injured Virgil Van Dijk and Jordan Henderson.

Cristiano Ronaldo has left Real for Juventus while Gareth Bale, who came off the bench to score two decisive goals with the score at 1-1, is on loan at Tottenham.

“It’s different,” Salah said. “They’ve lost some great players, like Cristiano Ronaldo – the best in the club’s history, someone that scored so many goals.

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Liverpool won the Champions League a year after their Kiev heartbreak

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Before winning the Premier League for the first time last season

“At the same time, they’ve signed (Eden) Hazard. Eden’s been unlucky, he’s been injured… but it’s a different team.

“This team is in the quarter-finals, it has great players (and) although they’ve lost Ronaldo’s goals I can’t say which is better.

“Since then, we’ve won the Premier League and the Champions League. We’re winners. That’s a big change.”

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Real Madrid are not as threatening as they were when they last tasted Champions League success

Salah has frequently been linked with a move to Spain and giving a second major interview in three months to Spanish media will only increase speculation.

In December he spoke out at his unhappiness at not being made captain for the Champions League group-game dead rubber against Midtjylland, and then his reaction to being substituted in the defeat to Chelsea earlier this month led to questions being asked about his relationship with manager Jurgen Klopp.

Asked about that, he said: “It’s a normal relationship between two professionals. That’s how I’d describe it.”

On his future, Salah refused to rule out anything, adding: “I hope to be doing the same thing that I’ve been doing in recent years: winning trophies, scoring goals, helping my team win trophies, that’s the most important thing for me.

“It’s not up to me. We’ll see what happens but I prefer not to talk about that (a possible future move to Spain) now. I hope to be able to play for many more years. Why not?

“No-one knows what’s going to happen in the future, so maybe one day, yes.”

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Salah has been a key player for Liverpool since joining them from Roma in 2017 and would be a huge loss if he was to leave

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