“Like Liverpool, I feel the offensive players of both teams are the ones that can be the difference. Both teams need to be strong defensively.

“Salah just can’t stop scoring so I won’t be surprised if he does it again. Although the Roma players know what’s coming, but he has been impossible to stop so far this season,” he added.

Mohamed Salah ballon d'or

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The Egyptian will return back to the Stadio Olimpico for the second leg after spending two seasons at the Italian club.

Salah will be hoping to become the second Egyptian to play a European championship final after Ahmed Hossam ‘Mido’, who played the 2004 UEFA Cup final as his club Marseille was defeated by Valencia.