Jurgen Klopp has reflected on the impact of Sergio Ramos in last season’s Champions League final, and it’s fair to say that the Liverpool boss wasn’t impressed.
While we’re all now of course looking forward to the new campaign and what it may bring given our summer signings, our boss was questioned on the disappointment in Kiev.
Aside from the many other talking points that came from the defeat to Real Madrid, Ramos was undoubtedly a controversial factor in it following his collision with Loris Karius and his foul on Mohamed Salah, which forced our talisman off in the first half with a shoulder injury.
Based on his comments below, Klopp wasn’t the least bit impressed with the Spaniard’s antics, and has even gone as far as branding his actions “ruthless” and “brutal” as he has opened up on his thoughts on the matter.
“If you watch it back and you’re not with Real Madrid, then you think it’s ruthless and brutal,” said Klopp, as quoted by The Mirror. “I’m not sure if it’s an experience we’ll 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.
“Ramos said a lot of things that I didn’t like. As a person I didn’t like the reactions of him.
“People will say I’m weak or a bad loser or a whiner. I’m not. I accept it. It’s not like I wake up in the morning and think ‘Ramos!’ I’m fine with it.”
It is now time to put it behind us as we’ve got so much to hopefully look forward to in the upcoming campaign as we look to build on last year and should arguably use the disappointment in last season’s finale as motivation to go again.
With the help of new arrivals Alisson, Naby Keita, Fabinho and Xherdan Shaqiri, it’s hoped that we can take that next step and show the resilience to bounce back from disappointment, but in all fairness, it’s difficult to disagree with Klopp’s assessment above and he’s adamant that he’s moved on and accepted it.