Mohamed Salah has vowed to bring 'the trophy back to Anfield' as he insisted the Champions League final will not become a shootout between him and Cristiano Ronaldo.
Liverpool's players were recovering in Rome today after they celebrated their nerve-shredding semi-final success against AS Roma, the foundations for a 7-6 aggregate success were laid by Salah's stunning performance in the first leg.
With 43 goals in a stunning debut season at Anfield, Salah has been touted as succeeding Ronaldo as the next Ballon D'Or winner and if he were to sparkle in Kiev on May 26, the Egyptian's chances would be strengthened.
Liverpool's Mohamed Salah has vowed to bring the Champions League 'trophy back to Anfield'iPhone transfer software
He insisted Champions League final will not be shootout between him and Cristiano Ronaldo
But Salah, who has scored 11 times on Liverpool's run to the final, has made it clear the clash - which is a repeat of the 1981 final in Paris, which was settled by a single goal from Alan Kennedy - is not about proving who is best. It is about a club hoping to make history.
'It is not going to be a final between Mohamed Salah and Cristiano Ronaldo,' said Salah. 'I am playing for a great club, and we have great players, so qualifying to the final came with great team work, that I cannot do it alone.
'I know all of the Arab people wish the best for me. They want me to win the Ballon D'Or and they are happy every time I win. But now at the moment I am only thinking about the final and to bring the trophy to Anfield.'
When asked if Liverpool were defensively weak after their 4-2 defeat in Rome, Salah replied: 'Of course not. It is collective work. When we score a goal it's because we are all doing good. When we concede, it means we all need to work harder.'
The message Salah gave was indicative of the team's tone as they milled out of the Stadio Olimpico. The initial wild celebrations were replaced by