Frank Lampard pinpoints where Liverpool FC’s Mo Salah can exploit Real Madrid
The Chelsea FC legend explains where Liverpool FC star Mohamed Salah can make the most of Real Madrid's weakness on Saturday evening
Frank Lampard believes Mohamed Salah can take advantage of the right channel against Real Madrid in the Champions League final on Saturday evening.
The Egypt international will compete in his first European Cup showpiece but Liverpool FC will need to beat the current holders to win the competition for the first time since 2005.
Salah will come up against one of the best left-backs in the world in the shape of Brazil international Marcelo in Kiev this weekend.
The 25-year-old scored 32 times in the Premier League this season to win the PFA player of the year ahead of Manchester City attacker Kevin De Bruyne.
Marcelo is looking to win a fourth Champions League final following his role in los Blancos’ triumphs in 2014, 2016 and 2017.
Real Madrid centre-halves Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane should have the pace to provide cover for Marcelo when the Brazilian makes his trademark bursts forward.
Former Chelsea FC star Lampard still believes Salah is capable of exploiting the potential weakness in the Real Madrid team in Kiev on Saturday evening.
“Salah will definitely look to exploit the inside right channel,” Lampard told the Evening Standard.
“Real Madrid’s left-back Marcelo will be given licence to go forward as normal and that will leave them vulnerable.
“It’s those spaces that Salah regards as his front room. Sergio Ramos is used to covering Marcelo, though, and will look to negate Salah.
“Unlike Liverpool’s previous opponents in the competition, Real Madrid’s defenders have far more speed to cope with the counter-attack.
“As well as Ramos, they have Raphael Varane alongside him and Dani Carvajal too at right-back.”
Liverpool FC have scored 46 goals in 14 games this season, at an average of 3.29 goals per game – surpassing Barcelona’s record of 45 from 1999/2000.
This weekend’s fixture is a repeat of the 1981 European Cup final when Liverpool were 1-0 winners in Paris to give them a third triumph in the competition in five years.
Real Madrid haven’t lost in the final of this competition since that defeat 37 years ago.