Mohamed Salah has been lauded as one of the best forwards in Europe, breaking records left, right and center.
He finished the season with the Premier League record for most goals scored in a single campaign, but a shoulder injury in the Champions League final deprived him of a chance to affect proceedings further than the 30th minute of the game.
According to Liverpool physio Ruben Pons (via Mirror), the forward was beside himself, waiting in the dressing room while the game was still being played outside.
In fact, he remained so wired as the match continued without him that he was unable to watch, and was kept up to date on the score by a member of the security team.
The Reds had made it past Manchester City and Roma in the quarter-finals and semi-finals of the European competition. But their final was tilted immensely by bad luck, and they were outplayed by the now 13-time European champions Real Madrid, losing 3-1.
Merseyside fans came away from Kiev with a number of mishaps to be aggrieved about. They missed out on winning the trophy because of two goalkeeping mistakes, while Mo Salah suffered a shoulder injury following a challenge by Sergio Ramos early on in the game.
The Egyptian was understandably heartbroken at having to go off so early into the final in Kiev. Football fans have compared his freak injury to that suffered by Cristiano Ronaldo in the final of the Euro 2016.
But there’s the small matter of how the Portuguese national team rose to the challenge and won the game despite the absence of their talisman. Liverpool, on the other hand, had the exact opposite reaction to Salah’s plight.
Custodian Loris Karius committed a blunder early in the second half and allowed Benzema a freak goal. The horror show didn’t end there for Liverpool, as after equalizing through Sadio Mane, Bale restored Real’s lead with one of the most important bicycle kicks of all time.
Karius dug them further into a hole late in the game by letting in a tame shot from Bale, which he was unable to palm/hold properly, and ultimately, the Reds ended the night with the taste of defeat, unable to add a 6th European title to their trophy cabinet.