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CHRIS SUTTON: Salah's chance was the moment to change complexion

Published on: 14 April 2021

No one can say Liverpool didn't try to impose themselves on Real Madrid from the start and Mohamed Salah really should have changed the complexion of this tie inside two minutes.

There was a surprising lack of conviction from a forward who went into this with 28 goals in all competitions this season.

Score that and the mood changes. It would have left Liverpool's players pumped and Real's players sweating about their slender lead. That was the moment.

Real responded to Liverpool's strong start by trying to slow play down. They started to keep the ball well for large parts.

Liverpool needed that early strike, like when they broke the deadlock inside seven minutes in that 4-0 comeback against Barcelona in 2019.

Of all the games we've seen in this 'behind closed doors' era, you can sense how badly Liverpool missed their fanbase.

The Kop would have been sucking the ball into the goal. In the end, it wasn't to be for Jurgen Klopp.


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