The Reds manager Jurgen Klopp has finally revealed his thoughts on the Champions League final incident in May between Mohamed Salah and Sergio Ramos.
It was 25 minutes into the Champions League final between Liverpool and Real Madrid in Kiev when the Los Blancos captain Sergio Ramos wrestled Mohamed Salah onto the floor. The Egyptian winger suffered a dislocated shoulder due to the tussle and has to walk off the pitch much to the disgust of the Liverpool faithful. Fans watched in shock and agony as their talisman who netted 44 goals in that campaign had to leave the most important game early due to no fault of his own.
Liverpool did lose the final 3-1 but the main talking point which was probably the moment where the Merseyside club lost the game was when Salah walked down the tunnel with tears rolling down his face. Ramos was heavily criticized for his actions and decided to laugh off the allegations when he elbowed Loris Karius being the reason the Liverpool keeper suffered a concussion during the game.
But now after two months, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has addressed the media over that issue and vented out on the Spain captain.
Klopp Bashes Ramos-
Speaking to Goal, the German manager was angered when he reflected back on that incident and told reporters that referees need to handle games better, “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 and nobody really thinks about that later. But 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 but to look again and say: ‘What is that?’ It was ruthless”
The 51-year-old Liverpool boss went on to explain, “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 afterward 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 afterward.”
I think that Klopp is right to feel frustrated because Ramos has gotten away with way too many incidents like these in the past. Hopefully, VAR can pick up such incidents in the near future which should help make the game cleaner and better to watch.
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