Dejan Lovren rekindles former rivalry with Sergio Ramos over Mo Salah injury

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Former Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren reignited his feud with Sergio Ramos by speaking again about when he deliberately nudged his rival in revenge for Mo Salah’s injury in the UEFA Champions League final. champions 2018.

Ramos has long felt the anger of Liverpool fans over the challenge which forced the Egyptian – who was the fittest player in the world at the time – to leave the pitch before beating Jurgen Klopp’s men 4-1 , and Lovren said it was “time to pay” when he played against him for Croatia later in the year.

Lovren, who is a close friend of the Liverpool striker, teased Ramos while celebrating in a clip on Instagram after the 3-2 Nations League victory over Spain in November, saying: “Haha. 3-2. Go ahead and talk now buddy. Boyfriend! They [Spain] are a bunch of p ******. ‘

And now he’s spoken of his elbow on Ramos again during the game, saying it was intentional – and telling his rival, “We’re even now.”

Dejan Lovren (left) has opened up about his revenge on Sergio Ramos for injuring Mo Salah (right)

Real Madrid defender forced Salah to go to 2018 Champions League final against Reds

Real Madrid defender forced Salah to go to 2018 Champions League final against Reds

The Spaniard faced anger from Liverpool fans for injuring Salah's shoulder

The Spaniard faced anger from Liverpool fans for injuring Salah’s shoulder

Lovren got his revenge by nudging Ramos in the head in a game later in the year

Lovren got his revenge by nudging Ramos in the head in a game later in the year

“I deliberately hit Ramos after hurting Salah?” Yes, it is possible, ”he told Egyptian television channel Sada El Balad.

“Luka Modric tried to reduce the tension between me and Ramos, and we were facing Spain with the Croatian national team, and I deliberately hit him with my elbows and told him that we had drawn now.

“I respect Ramos as a player and what he does for his team. He’s won a lot of titles, but on the other hand, he has a behavior that I don’t like and hurts the players.

Lovren, who now plays for Zenit St Petersburg, insists he believes Ramos’ challenge to Salah – who saw him towed to the ground for the first half hour – was intentional. He believes Liverpool had a chance to beat Los Blancos had he stayed on the pitch, with Zinedine Zidane’s men rushing to victory soon after.

“I don’t want to make a big story, but I think what Ramos did was intentional to hurt my friend, so it was time to pay for what he did,” he added.

Ramos scored in this game but Lovren left his mark and Croatia got a big victory

Ramos scored in this game but Lovren left his mark and Croatia got a big victory

The defender was seen celebrating wildly after beating Spain in the Nations League

The defender was seen celebrating wildly after beating Spain in the Nations League

“We were playing a lot better than Real Madrid before Salah was injured in the Champions League final.

“His exit was a big blow for us, after his exit they started to dominate the game. “

Lovren and Salah were always close during their time together at Anfield, and even with the couple now estranged since the former’s move to Zenit St Petersburg, there were still some jokes between them last week.

The Egyptian teased his former team-mate by claiming that he “hadn’t missed out” and had a new best friend in Kostas Tsimikas – who has just joined Olympiakos.

Lovren believes Liverpool could have beaten Madrid if Salah hadn't left injured

Lovren believes Liverpool could have beaten Madrid if Salah hadn’t left injured

The couple have maintained a close friendship throughout their time together at Liverpool

The couple have maintained a close friendship throughout their time together at Liverpool

But when Lovren’s departure was confirmed in July, Salah was kinder – saying, “I don’t know how to put it, my friend. You don’t know my feeling right now. You will be truly missed, especially me.

The moved Croatian returned the compliment in his exit interview but said his friendship with Salah was only at the start.

“I don’t want to show too much emotion because I already cried before the last game. They saw that I was feeling the emotions.

“Especially by leaving Mo too, my good friend.” It was something special but as I have always said it is only the beginning of a great friendship, even when we are very far apart.

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