Liverpool ace Sadio Mane has jokingly responded to the threat Karim Benzema will pose in the UEFA Champions League final when both teams clash on Saturday night in Paris.
Benzema has been in red-hot form this season, scoring 44 goals and registering 15 assists in 45 appearances for Real Madrid so far.
The 34-year-old is being touted as the favourite for the 2022 Ballon d’Or for his impressive season.
But Mane believes the France international will not be at the peak of his powers when he faces Liverpool on Saturday at the Stade de France.
The Senegal international told GOAL, “He’s a good lad. A very good striker, one of the best in the world.
“He shows it every time. But I think he won’t be the same player on Saturday and I expect it. After that, he can become Karim again.”
I see blood in his veins – Rivaldo warns Real Madrid about Liverpool star
Brazil legend, Rivaldo, has warned Real Madrid about Liverpool ace Mohamed Salah ahead of both teams’ UEFA Champions League final on Saturday at the Stade de France in Paris.
Rivaldo said Salah would try to put on a show against Real Madrid following his ‘revenge’ comments a few days ago.
According to him, he can see blood in Salah’s veins as the Egyptian captain aims to become one of Liverpool’s idols in their history by winning the Champions League.
Salah will be determined to set things right against Real Madrid following the incidents of the UEFA Champions League final in 2018.
Saturday’s showdown will be a repeat of the 2018 Champions League final.
Both teams had met in Kyiv four years ago, and Real Madrid emerged victorious courtesy of a brace from Gareth Bale and a goal from Karim Benzema.
Salah’s injury was the main talking point at the end of the first half that night.
The former Chelsea star was forced off the pitch just 31 minutes into the game after sustaining a shoulder injury following a strong challenge from Sergio Ramos.
Looking ahead to Saturday’s final, Rivaldo told Betfair, “I think Mo Salah will try to put on a show after his nightmare final in 2018 when he had to leave the pitch in the first half due to injury.
“Now, I see him with blood in his veins to beat the Spanish team and earn his second UCL title for the Reds and become one of the greatest idols in the club’s history.”
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