Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has launched a tirade at Sergio Ramos.
The Spanish international had brought down Mohamed Salah with a sinister tackle in the Champions League final. The latter had to leave the field with a dislocated shoulder, a factor in Liverpool‘s subsequent loss and Egypt’s World Cup travails.
The Liverpool boss went on to finally speak about the incident in great detail during a pre-season interview, as he told the reporters: “If you watch it back and you are not with Real Madrid then you think it is ruthless and brutal.
“I saw the ref taking charge of big games at the World Cup. Nobody really thinks about that later. But in a situation like that somebody needs to judge it better.
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“If VAR is coming then it is a situation where you have to look again. Not to give a red card but to look again and say: ‘What is that?’ It was ruthless. 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. That was the story of the game.
“Ramos said a lot of things afterwards that I didn’t like. As a person I didn’t like the reactions of him. He was like: ‘Whatever, what do they want? It’s normal.’ No, it is not normal.
“If you put all of the situations of Ramos together then you will see a lot of situations with Ramos. The year before against Juve he was responsible for the red card for [Juan] Cuadrado. Nobody talks about that afterwards.
“It is like we, the world out there, accepts that you use each weapon to win the game. People probably expect that I am the same. I am not.
“We are aggressive but I always use the word ‘legal’ as well. Usually if you try something you will get punished. Someone will see it and ban you for four or five weeks. But in this example, no one.”