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ROME, May 27, 2018 (MENA) - Egyptian national team doctor Mohamed Abul-Ela said Liverpool player Mohamed Salah's injury is in his shoulder joint.

He said he made a phone call with Liverpool's medical staff after the injury.

Salah will undergo an X-ray tonight to determine exactly the injury and the time required for treatment.

Salah went down clutching his shoulder after an awkward tangle with Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos in the 26th minute of the Champions League final.

ZURICH, May 27, 2018 (News Wires) - The Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) on Sunday wished Egyptian Mohamed Salah speedy recovery following his injury in the UEFA Champions League final
just three weeks before the kick off of 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Salah, whose 10 Champions League goals helped lead Liverpool to the final, was hurt just before the half-hour mark after being taken down by Real Madrid's Sergio Ramos, suffering a left shoulder injury before walking off the field in tears.

KIEV, May 26, 2018 (News Wires) - Liverpool and Mohamed Salah, the Egyptian striker whose goals took his side to the Champions League final, hope their brand of attacking football can prevent Real Madrid from becoming kings of Europe for the third year in a row on Saturday.

The Spanish giants have seen the Champions League as their competition ever since winning the first five European Cups in a row, and they are in the midst of another golden era, dreaming of making it a fourth Champions League in five years.

Neither Atletico Madrid (twice) nor Juventus have been able to stop Cristiano Ronaldo from inflicting pain on them in recent finals.

But Liverpool's own attacking quality gives them reason to believe and suggests the Olympic Stadium in the Ukrainian capital could be the scene of an unforgettable encounter.

In terms of history alone, this is a dream final.

Real's 12 European Cup wins puts them way ahead of the rest, but Liverpool have lifted the famous trophy five times themselves, most recently in 2005, defying all the odds against AC Milan in Istanbul.

This time, under Klopp, their adventure started against Hoffenheim in the play-offs last August, continued with a 3-3 draw in Seville when they had been three goals up, before blossoming into stunning wins over Manchester City and Roma.

Goals galore

They have scored a record 46 goals in all in this season's Champions League, with Salah netting 11 of those -- the Egyptian has 44 in all competitions since joining from Roma last year.

"If we win the competition then the road to Kiev plus the final would be one of the most exceptional rides ever," Klopp told Liverpool's website.

Klopp has lost his last five major finals as a coach, including the 2013 Champions League with Borussia Dortmund against Bayern Munich, and the 2016 Europa League with Liverpool against Sevilla.

Experience means his team have to be the outsiders in Kiev -- none of the squad have ever played in a Champions League final before -- but Klopp knows Zinedine Zidane's side cannot dismiss them.

"Do Real Madrid, sitting in Madrid at the moment, think, 'thank God it's Liverpool!'? I can't imagine that," added the coach, who has welcomed Emre Can back into his squad.

Salah will of course be so important, especially if Marcelo is unable to resist the temptation to abandon his left-back position and join the Real attack.

Salah said Real's past dominance would count for nothing once the whistle blew.

"They've won it before, but it's one game, not two, so we just need to focus and not think about anything in the past," he said in an interview for UEFA's website. "When you get to the game it's just 11 against 11."

While Gareth Bale is unlikely to make Zidane's line-up, how will the Liverpool midfield cope against Casemiro, Toni Kroos and Luka Modric, their central defence against Ronaldo?

Five for CR7? 

Real can became the first team since Bayern in 1976 to lift the European Cup three years running, and thereby make it five consecutive titles for Spain.

Ronaldo could win his fifth Champions League. That would equal the individual record, and leave him in sight of yet another Ballon d'Or.

Zidane, meanwhile, is on the brink of a third straight Champions League win as a coach.

"We have already made history and we want to keep on doing it. It would be incredible," defender Raphael Varane told Madrid sports daily Marca.

"I still don't think we have realised the scale of what we are doing, but when all this is over we will.

"Through experience we know how difficult it is going to be, but experience gives more security and serenity as well."

 

 LONDON, May 22, 2018 (News Wires) - Liverpool FC defender Dejan Lovren said that his Egyptian teammate, Mohamed Salah, is "definitely" the best player in the world as Liverpool prepare to take on a Real Madrid side boasting Ballon d'Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo in the UEFA Champions League final.

Salah has had a sensational first season on Merseyside, scoring 44 goals in all competitions and claiming the Premier League's Golden Boot with 32.

Those performances have seen the Egypt international scoop the Premier League's Player of the Season award and the PFA Players' Player of the Year prize, while he has also been mentioned as a future Ballon d'Or candidate.

And Lovren believes Salah deserves to be in the reckoning for football's top individual honour, putting him alongside Ronaldo and Barcelona star Lionel Messi.

"Of course I spoke to Mo about that [the Ballon d'Or] but it's still an early stage," he told a news conference. "If we win [the final], he's definitely one of the contenders.

"He can be in the top three best players in the world. He has this world-class experience already.

"He is still calm, down to earth and he deserves every credit and every goal he's scored up to now. We will help him to achieve thisdream for himself personally."

Asked whether Salah was the best player in the world at the moment, Lovren replied: "Definitely. When you score that many in the Premier League, definitely.

MADRID, May 22, 2018 (News Wires) - Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has stressed he would not swap Cristiano Ronaldo for Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah.

Ronaldo, 33, and fellow forward Salah, 25, have each scored 44 goals in all competitions for their clubs this season ahead of Saturday’s UEFA Champions League final between Los Blancos and the Reds in Kiev.

Zidane, quoted by en.as.com, said at a press conference on Tuesday when asked if he would swap Ronaldo for Salah, a player with whom Real have been linked: “No, I have Cristiano and I talk about my players.”

While five-time winners Liverpool are in their first European Cup final since 2007, defending champions Real have lifted the trophy three times in the last four seasons, and 12 times in total.

Zidane, who has overseen the triumphs of 2016 and 2017, was keen to emphasise that Real will have “the same desire as always”.
When asked if he thought Liverpool were more hungry, Zidane said: “I can’t tell you about the opponent. I don’t know what they are.

“What I can say is that we will have the same desire as always. This club is what it is: the same enthusiasm, dedication and desire as always. And nobody can take that away or tell us that we are less hungry than others. No-one.

“We are Madrid and this club is what it is. We always want more and we will give everything to try to do it in the best way.”

It was put to Zidane that Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool are a similar team to his own, and the Frenchman said: “I don’t know if we are the same. I don’t think we play in the same way as a team.

“What I fear about this team (Liverpool)? All the talk is about the three up front (Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane) or that they are weaker at the back… No, they deserve to be in the final just like us, they are a close group.

“Our job, with the backroom staff, is to prepare well for the match, find the opponent’s weaknesses and try to hurt them.”
He added: “They (Liverpool) have had a great season, in the Champions League and in the (Premier) League. They can cause us problems, we know that.

“We are not going to be surprised. Nor them with us. We know each other very well.”
Liverpool finished fourth in the Premier League this season, while Real came third in LaLiga.

Zidane was asked if the season would be a failure if Real lost on Saturday.
And the 45-year-old, whose entire squad trained on Tuesday, said in quotes on realmadrid.com: “It will not be a waste.

“The big failure for me, as I said before, was in the Copa del Rey because we lost at home and were knocked out (against Leganes in the quarter-finals). That was a cruel blow for us. But that’s it.

“Real Madrid always look to win, but you can’t always count on it. The important thing for us is show our drive and ensure we don’t slip up. You need setbacks in life if you want to improve.”

LONDON, May 21,2018 (News Wires) - Another award, another win for Mohamed Salah. The Egyptian has added to his fine treasury of accolades by being named the PFA Fans’ Player of the Year with a staggering 89% of the votes. It serves as the latest beacon of an incredible debut season at Liverpool in which he has embarked on a ruthless hunt of club and Premier League records.

He saw off competition from David de Gea (Manchester United), Kevin de Bruyne (Manchester City), Eden Hazard (Chelsea), Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) and Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) to take the accolade.

Salah was also recently named the PFA Players’ Player of the Year ahead of Manchester City’s title-winning Kevin De Bruyne, as well as the Football Writers’ Association Footballer of the Year.

A Premier League Golden Boot sits just below on his resume thanks to his record 32 goals in a 38-game campaign, whilst he also boasts the honour as the first player to pick up three PFA Player of the Month awards in a single season.

The forward’s current haul of 44 goals across all competitions leaves him an agonising three short of Ian Rush’s 47 in the 1983/84 season.

That being said, Salah will have the opportunity to close that gap in Saturday’s Champions League final against Real Madrid.

An unforgettable return to England could reach astonishing heights were Liverpool to emerge from Kiev victorious this weekend.

The stage is set for a European showdown flaunting the attacking talent to be a thriller. If predictions of a straight shoot-out are fulfilled, Salah isn’t finished in front of goal just yet.

Liverpool great Craig Johnston said Jurgen Klopp's Reds cannot afford to lose goalscoring sensation Mohamed Salah amid links to Real Madrid.

Salah has enjoyed a breathtaking maiden campaign, the former Roma forward endearing himself to the Anfield faithful with 44 goals in all competitions this season.

The Egyptian star scored a record 32 Premier League goals to scoop the Golden Boot, while he also claimed the PFA Players' Player of the Year, FWA Footballer of the Year and the Premier League Player of the Season.

Salah's exploits, however, have not gone unnoticed with European champions Madrid – Liverpool's opponents in Saturday's Champions League final – reportedly interested in the 25-year-old.

Former Liverpool midfielder Johnston, who won five league titles, the European Cup, FA Cup, League Cup and Community Shield during his time on Merseyside between 1981-88, said it is vital the club keep hold of Salah, having already lost Luis Suarez to Barcelona in 2014 and Philippe Coutinho in January.
"Liverpool have to keep Salah," the 57-year-old Australian said in an interview with Omnisport.
"You can't lose Luis Suarez, Philippe Coutinho and then lose Mo Salah.
"A lot of people in Liverpool are in love with that man, men and women, and kids and babies. We're all in love with him. If the love of our life gets dragged away to another family before we've seen them grow up properly, you get annoyed.
"Salah cannot possibly leave Liverpool."
Liverpool finished fourth in the Premier League this term, two points behind third-placed Tottenham but 25 points adrift of record-breaking champions Manchester City.
The Reds have already signed Naby Keita from German side RB Leipzig, while more arrivals are expected on Merseyside.
And Johnston believes Liverpool – with the help of some new faces – will challenge for domestic honours in 2018-19.
Johnston said: "I'm shocked and delighted to see them in the Champions League final and I'm delighted to see them fourth in the league – 100 per cent they're on track.
"No one is leaving. This squad has to be bolstered because I think the Scouse community has had enough of people picking off our best players. Enough already.
"We're on track and the train is moving forward. We have to win as many Champions Leagues as Real Madrid."

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