A number of Liverpool fans have hailed Dejan Lovren after he admitted that he purposely targeted Sergio Ramos during the 2018 Champions League final.
The Real Madrid defender notoriously tangled with Mohamed Salah in that match in Kiev, causing a shoulder injury to the Egyptian which forced the Reds winger into a tearful first half exit, as Zinedine Zidane’s side went on to win 3-1 (as per BBC).
In an interview with Sada El Balad [via Egypt Today], then-Liverpool defender Lovren admitted that he deliberately hit Ramos later in that match, saying: “I deliberately hit Ramos after hurting Salah? Yes, this is possible. I do not want to make a big story, but I think that what Ramos did was intentional to injure my friend, so it was It is time to pay for what he has done.”
The Croatian, who recently left Anfield to sign for Zenit St Petersburg, struck up a close friendship with Salah during their shared time at Liverpool, while the Egypt winger had netted 44 goals in that 2017/18 season, hence why his sabotaging by Ramos could be regarded as a seminal moment in the Champions League final.
Would Liverpool have won that final had Mo Salah not been injured?
Lovren attracted criticism from numerous Reds supporters over a series of mistakes in his time at Anfield but his comments about hitting the Real Madrid defender went down well with these Liverpool fans, one of whom was in doubt that the Croatian “loves the club”:
Build this man a statue !
— LFC_French_Fan (@nicobynight) August 20, 2020
the one thing i will never take from Lovren is that he loves the club, and would have died for it and it's players https://t.co/Hs1FQbg2iA
— constantine (@lfcladerino) August 21, 2020
Legend, just for that
— Mark Cad (@Markcad1) August 20, 2020
Lovren hasn’t done many things for this club but this is definitely a top3 moment
— 5’5 Giant (@StevenGiuns97) August 20, 2020
My respect for Lovren📈📈📈📈📈
— Colm Fitzgerald (@ColmFitzgeral11) August 21, 2020
Lovren is all of us. Should have hit him harder
— Babz (@BlckboyFly83) August 20, 2020
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