Van Dijk: "Ramos isn't the best, I prefer Varane at centre-back"

Heather Diaz
November 19, 2018

Not only did he celebrate his elbow on Ramos during the match, but he also described the Madrid star and his Spanish teammates as a "bunch of p***ies" - which was nice of him. An excellent defender, young and has already won a lot.

Van Dijk - who featured in Netherlands' 2-0 Nations League win over France on Friday - now appears to have thrown his support behind Lovren by saying that while he does rate Ramos, he prefers his Madrid team-mate Raphael Varane.

Lovren spoke about Ramos earlier this month in an interview where he claimed the Spain worldwide makes a lot of mistakes, in the latest of a number of incidents of bad feeling between Liverpool players and Ramos.

"Myself, I don't like to defend in the way Ramos does".

Van Dijk told Dutch outlet De Telegraaf: "Ramos is not the best. I try to avoid the situations he gets into, and don't even try to make slide tackles".

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Now Van Dijk has added further fuel to the flames by backing up Lovren's assertion that Raphael Varane is on a different level to his centre back partner at Real.

Liverpool and Ronaldo-led Real Madrid clashed in the Champions League final back in May, with Los Blancos winning 3-1 in Ukraine.

For Real Madrid fans, Sergio Ramos is more than just a defender. "I don't know whether it was intentcional or not but it's true that something changed in Real Madrid's mentality after Salah got injured".

It's a case of "what if" for the Croats in any case now, they'll now drop down to the second tier of the competition at the expense of the Three Lions. Then when his other arm is injured, they say that I've done a judo move on him.

"If not, that night in Kyiv will always continue to hurt".

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