Ex-Arsenal star Martin Keown has explained which Real Madrid star Mohamed Salah will have an ‘epic’ battle with in the Champions League final.
Liverpool are set to face Real Madrid in the final of at the end of May and there has been much talk of Mohamed Salah.
The Egyptian has set the world alight both in Europe and in the Premier League and now has the chance to etch himself in Liverpool history.
Though, while most people are talking about his imminent battle with Cristiano Ronaldo, Martin Keown is talking about another battle that involves Salah.
That is because he thinks that the battle with Marcelo will be just as interesting.
Carvajal couldn’t handle a retired Ribery. Marcelo loves to push up. Salah and Mane licking their lips right now.
— ً (@ClinicalFirmino) May 2, 2018
The Brazilian full-back has shown in the Champions League this season that he is the best attacking full-back in the world right now.
Though, his defending qualities are still under fire.
Now, Keown has explained that Salah’s involvement could nullify Marcelo and give them a huge edge in the tie.
“Marcelo has to be the best attacking left back in the world,” Keown explained in his Daily Mail Q&A column.
“His cross for Karim Benzema was like an arrow. Few players must be able to control a football better than him.
‘The problem is that when he goes forwards, he leaves a massive hole behind. Who will be waiting to exploit that space in Kiev? Mohamed Salah.
“By pushing Marcelo back, Salah can nullify one of Real Madrid’s biggest weapons.
“There promises to be an epic battle in this area of the pitch.”