Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has labelled Real Madrid centre-back Sergio Ramos as ‘ruthless and brutal’ following his performance in last seasons Champions League final.
Madrid would run out 3-1 winners over the Anfield outfit in Kiev, with evil genius Ramos dominating the headlines after he was involved in a challenge with Mohamed Salah that saw the Reds talisman dislocate his shoulder and go off injured not long after.
The Real Madrid skipper was also involved in a clash with Liverpool ‘keeper Loris Karius, a challenge which the Reds medical team claim left the 25-year-old concussed and caused the young German to make the two monumental brain farts that ultimately cost his side the game.
Speaking to the Guardian Klopp slammed Ramos’ actions and clearly feels that both challenges were deliberate:
“If you watch it back – and you are not with Real Madrid – then you think it is ruthless and brutal,” said the German.
“I’m not sure it is an experience we will have again – go there and put an elbow to the goalkeeper, put their goalscorer down like a wrestler in midfield and then you win the game.
“If you put all of the situations of Ramos together, and I have watched football since I was five years old, then you will see a lot of situations with Ramos.
“You don’t think ‘Wow, good challenge’. The thing is, I saw the ref taking charge of big games at the World Cup afterwards and nobody really thinks about that later.
“But I think in a situation like that, somebody needs to judge it better. If VAR is coming then it is a situation where you have to look again. Not to give a red card or whatever but to look again and say ‘What is that?’
“It was ruthless. I don’t think Mo would have always got injured in that situation, this time it was unlucky, but it is an experience that we cannot have.
“Ramos said a lot of things afterwards that I didn’t like. He was like: ‘Whatever, what do they want? It’s normal’.”