Mohamed Salah’s title warning to Man City after Liverpool win Champions League
Mo Salah says Champions League triumph is just the start of something special at Anfield.
And the Liverpool superstar has insisted he wants to stick around, to be part of what he is convinced will be a golden era for the newly crowned Champions of Europe.
The Egyptian scored a vital early penalty to give the Reds a lead they never relinquished against Spurs, and afterwards, and he believes a first trophy for this team will allow them to grow together and deliver many, many more.
“It’s the start of something. Honestly it’s just the start for us,” he said with a huge grin after hoisting the trophy aloft.
“Of course we feel we can win it again next season. We play with ambition, we set targets for ourselves and the target this year was to win the Champions’ League and also the Premier League.
“The Premier League was just one point. That was also disappointing and you just can’t finish your season with losing this game so we did everything and won the game today.”
For Salah, it is the age of this squad – and the potential they have to get even better – that makes the Liverpool project so exciting.
And he boldly declared that the next target is the Premier League, as Liverpool look to end a 30 year quest to bring the holy grail of the title back to Anfield.
“We will go next season for the Premier League. This is the first season we were fighting for the Premier League.
“Last year we were fighting for the Champions’ League, before that the Europa League, so it’s a progression. This is the first we have fought for the Premier League and we only lost it by one point.
“ Manchester City won it and it was well deserved, but we will be able to challenge now.“
It is the age of the team that excites him the most…and also the incredible bond between the players, who believe passionately that the club is about more than just money.
Players like Virgil van Dijk, Sadio Mane and Salah himself turned down more lucrative offers elsewhere after being persuaded by Jurgen Klopp to join his crusade, and the Egyptian King believes there is much more to come after delivering that vital first trophy.
Asked if he wanted to stick around to see this side deliver on its full potential, he said: “Yeah, of course. I think the average age is very young, 25-26, so we have many young players and that is exciting.
“I also think it’s a great experience for us to win the trophy now, it will help us to make another step forward.
“You can see today that we were calmer, we had more experience, we were able to be patient and we scored the second goal in 87th minute which shows we are learning and progressing.”