A delighted Mohamed Salah referenced his infamous incident with Sergio Ramos last year after helping Liverpool win the Champions League.
Salah slotted home a second-minute penalty in Madrid to put Liverpool ahead in Saturday’s final against Tottenham. Divock Origi then struck a late second to seal Jurgen Klopp’s side a 2-0 win and the Champions League title.
It marked a welcome comeback for Salah in the final after coming off injured in the opening half an hour last year. It came following a nasty challenge from Real Madrid captain Ramos, which reduced him to tears as he left the pitch in Kiev.
Without their star forward leading the attack, Liverpool fell to a 3-1 defeat following substitute Gareth Bale’s brace for Real.
But the delighted Egyptian was pleased to complete the full 90 minutes this time around as the Reds won a sixth European crown.
“Honestly I don’t know what to say but everyone is happy now,” Salah told BT Sport.
“I am very glad to play a second final in a row and play 90 minutes, finally!
“Everyone did their best to win the game. All the team were unbelievable today.”
Liverpool’s early penalty call raised a few eyebrows as there was no VAR intervention despite doubts on if Sadio Mane’s cross had touched Moussa Sissoko’s arm or his chest in the area.
And Salah, who has doubted the impact VAR would have in the Premier League, said: “I like it anyway now!”
The 26-year-old also took a moment to reflect on his journey from the youngster in Egypt to the Champions League winner he is today.
“I sacrificed a lot in my career, especially going from my village to Cairo to play and back,” he said.
“To be an Egyptian at this level is unbelievable.”