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Mohamed Salah  wants to play Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League 2021-22 Final

Mohamed Salah of Liverpool has no doubt that he wants a 2018 UEFA Champions League final rematch against Real Madrid.

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Avignyan Mukhopadhyay
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Mohamed Salah has no doubt who he wants Liverpool to face in the Champions League final. He wants a 2018 UEFA Champions League final rematch against Real Madrid.

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Mohamed Salah applauds the fans after the final whistle (Image- Espn)

Speaking after Liverpool clinched their place in the showpiece occasion at the Stade de France later this month, the Egyptian star did not have to think twice when asked whether he would rather face Manchester City or Real Madrid. City lead Madrid 4-3 ahead of Wednesday's semifinal second leg in the Spanish capital.

"I want to play Madrid," he told BT Sport after Liverpool sealed a 5-2 aggregate semifinal win over Villarreal in Spain on Tuesday. "I have to be honest. City is a really tough team, we play against them a few times this season. But if you ask me personally I would prefer Madrid."

While Liverpool are once again going head-to-head with Manchester City for the Premier League title, Salah has very personal history with Madrid on the biggest stage. Madrid beat Liverpool 3-1 in the 2018 Champions League final after Salah was forced off in the first half with a shoulder injury sustained after being dragged to the ground by then-Madrid captain Sergio Ramos.

"We lost in the final so I want to play against them, hopefully win it from them as well," Salah added.

Liverpool, who remain on course for a unique quadruple this season, have now reached three Champions League finals in the past five seasons, having bounced back from that Madrid defeat in 2018 to win the trophy the following season.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp, meanwhile, said reaching his fourth Champions League final as a coach felt almost like a new experience.

"It feels like the first in 20 ," Klopp, who led Borussia Dortmund to the final of the competition in 2013, told BT Sport. "It's outstanding, because we obviously made it a little tricky for ourselves, but we knew these kind of things could happen."

For opposite number Unai Emery, it was the end of an epic Champions League campaign for Villarreal, who knocked out Juventus and Bayern Munich en route to the semifinals.

"Tonight we showed everybody we are a good team as well, we can have chances ... but the difference in two matches, in the first leg and the second leg was their excellence," the Spaniard told BT Sport.

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