Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp references Juan Cuadrado’s red card against Real Madrid as further evidence against ‘brutal’ and ‘ruthless’ Sergio Ramos.
Spain international Ramos appeared to engineer the sending off of the Juventus man in the 2017 Champions League final when he exaggerated minimal contact by the Colombian.
The Reds manager remains furious at the antics of the Bernabeu captain in last season’s final, where Los Blancos beat Liverpool 3-1 to be crowned European champions once again.
Mohamed Salah had to be substituted following a challenge with Ramos, while the defender also went in hard with his arm on goalkeeper Loris Karius – moments before the German made the first of his two decisive mistakes to hand Madrid victory.
And Klopp cited Ramos’ antics in the previous year’s Champions League final, where Real beat Juve 4-1, to further pour scorn on the 32-year-old.
“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,” Klopp began.
“In the final the year before against Juve he was responsible for the red card for [Juan] Cuadrado.
“He touched him like that [presses a finger against flesh] and he makes a big act of it. Nobody talks about that afterwards.”
Klopp, whose Liverpool team are currently on a pre-season tour of the United States, was once again asked about Ramos’ challenge on former Roma forward Salah.
“I watched that back of course. Someone showed it to me immediately after the game.
“If you watch it back and you are not with Real Madrid then you think it is ruthless and brutal. You don’t think ‘wow, good challenge’.
“It is in a situation in the game where Mo tries to keep the ball, make a few yards and speed up the game.
“The thing is I saw the ref taking charge of big games at the World Cup afterwards and nobody really thinks about that later.”
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