Published: Sun, May 13, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Mohamed Salah shares Liverpool's ambitions, to stay with the Kops

Mohamed Salah shares Liverpool's ambitions, to stay with the Kops

Liverpool take on the Los Blancos in the final in Kiev on May 26 and McManaman, who made 272 appearances across nine seasons with Liverpool and 94 appearances with Real Madrid during which he won two Champions League titles, hoped Jurgen Klopp's men can triumph in the Ukrainian capital.

Liverpool's first Champions League final since 2007 offers a spectacular end to a thrilling campaign, yet there is still work to do to qualify for next season's competition. After all, Liverpool only need a point, due to their superior goal difference compared to Chelsea, and have been held seven times at home this season.

But Reds boss Klopp is aware of the dangers of complacency, especially with the Champions League final against Real Madrid serving as a potential distraction to his players.

Brighton have already begun making plans after ensuring survival with two games to spare after last week's win over Manchester United, and manager Hughton feels his main concern is keeping his squad together.

"Of course I have ambitions for the future with Liverpool".

"The boys face so many challenges and we need to show it again. A lot things can happen in football".

Liverpool's 1-0 defeat at Chelsea last week has ensured that, just like previous year, the Merseysiders' fight for Champions League qualification has gone down to the final game.

Much of the festivities running up the game will take place at the Champions Festival fan zone where both sets of travelling fans can mingle (UEFA have yet to specify where the official fan zones for both clubs will be). "But we have to try to get three points against Newcastle, then to drop something positive for us", Conte said.

"But it's clear that if Salah does guide Liverpool to Champions League glory, and does well at the World Cup, then Real Madrid will make the steps to go for him". The basis is obviously good because if we win against Brighton we are in the Champions League.

Injury to Sadio Mane could hand Adam Lallana a starting role as Liverpool look to finally seal a top-four finish on the final day of the league season.

A point at Anfield, where they have not lost all season, will effectively be enough for the Reds to secure a top-four spot due to their vastly superior goal difference to fifth-placed Chelsea. The South Coast outfit is leading the Welsh club by three points in the league table.

'That's what we [have] said before, nothing is decided, it's open. Among other exits, it will be the end of Wenger's 22-year reign at Arsenal and Wayne Rooney's last match in the Premier League before a reported switch to MLS side D.C. United.

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