With Liverpool entering the final month of an exciting season that could make history, Jurgen Klopp is unlikely to have drawn up a list of priorities.
With the team still chasing a fourfold increase never seen before in English football, the Reds boss has certainly not given more importance to any of the three they are now chasing.
With an FA Cup final and half a Champions League ahead of them as the battle for the 20th championship continues, Klopp’s Liverpool simply retain the laser focus that has brought them to this point.
For Mohamed Salah, however, some pre-season musings in his own mind have seemingly already outlined his own wish list as the Reds work towards what could be a special few more weeks at Anfield.
As for the Egyptian, there is one prize he places above all else: the Champions League. Having won European football’s biggest club competition three years ago, Salah is desperate for more, describing the kind of greedy mentality that underlies the natural talent that characterizes him as one of the very best football players.
“I’m very honest with myself,” Salah recently told ESPN Brasil. “After the season I tell myself what I want to achieve and what I want to improve and from there I just keep going.
“So I’m very, very honest with myself. I give myself time on vacation to be alone, not to be by the sea with anyone, or wherever, to be alone.
“Then I write what I want to improve and what I want to achieve and go from there. As long as you’re open with yourself and very honest with yourself, you just think you’re getting better.
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“I wrote a lot! The first thing I wrote, I remember, was to win the Champions League again with the club and then the Premier League. I don’t know why, but I put numbers next to it and I always put the Champions League first.
“It motivates me during the season. From time to time I keep going back and looking at what I’ve written. Just to win the Champions League and Premier League again with this club here. That’s all I can say [of future goals]†
This season could be Salah’s best chance at adding another European Cup to his medal collection as Liverpool prepare for Wednesday night’s semi-final with Villarreal.
Unai Emery’s Yellow Submarine was the shocking story of this season’s competition, shattering the hopes of both Juventus and Bayern Munich before surfacing on Merseyside.
As holders of the Europa League, La Liga may not get the respect it deserves when talking about potential Champions League winners, but there’s no denying that they are the mavericks in a final four that also includes Manchester City and Real. Madrid.
Emery, a side brimming with Premier League experience, is coming to Anfield with the likes of Etienne Capoue, Giovani Lo Celso, Serge Aurier, Francis Coquelin, Juan Foyth and Arnaut Danjuma among its ranks. However, former Reds defender Alberto Moreno will miss a return to Anfield due to injury.
Like many, 2005 Champions League winner Vladimir Smicer has been surprised by the progress Emery’s side has made on the continental front this season.
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“I hope it will be Liverpool” [in the final]but Villareal has shown how good they are, because they have already beaten Juventus and Bayern,” he said, courtesy of 888 Sport. “They really surprised me.
“I spoke to Luis Garcia about Villarreal last weekend and hopefully Liverpool will beat them. I don’t want to play against Manchester City anymore, I’m going for a classic Champions League match in the final between Liverpool and Real Madrid. That would be a great bond in Paris.”
While Klopp and his backroom staff will do their due diligence for the equalizer before paying much due respect to Villarreal in the pre-match media dealings, little can escape the fact that this is a perfect draw for Liverpool.
It may be a brutal truth that Emery wants to protest at Anfield on Wednesday night, but with Pep Guardiola’s Premier League leading City in action against 13-time kings of Europe, Real Madrid, in the other semi-final, the Reds face a team that currently seventh in Spain, is a happy twist.
In a season where Liverpool are trying to sweep it all, favorable cup draws are welcome and few will favor Villarreal against Klopp’s men over the two legs, even if those in the Anfield side won’t reach their goal themselves. to fetch. eyes off the price.
It’s a prize Salah has certainly set his sights on again. He says: “With this team we won everything, so I want to get back to the feeling we had after winning the Champions League.
“It was unbelievable and in my mind that’s why I want to win it again with Liverpool. The feeling we had in the city when we got on the bus and toured was incredible.
“The Premier League was a bit because it wasn’t done” [because of COVID restrictions] but I want to win the Champions League again and I want to win the Premier League again. That’s my main goal with the team at the moment.”
Vladimir Smicer, spoke on behalf of 888sport† go to 888sport for the latest Premier League opportunities.