Sergio Ramos Is Being Used To Help Spurs' Champions League Final Preparation

Liverpool will be hoping to right the wrongs of last season's Champions League final when they face Spurs on June 1st, however their opposition are taking lessons from Sergio Ramos' performance last year.

The 2018 Champions League final had enough memorable moments to go down as one of the most iconic for a while, unfortunately for Liverpool they all seemed to be moments that went against them.

Most people will remember the final for Gareth Bale's incredible first goal but the mistakes by Loris Karius for Real's opener and Bale's second, which ended the tie, will also live long in the memory.

Perhaps the most soul crushing moment for fans of the Premier League runners up came after just 30 minutes when Mo Salah was injured, following a clash with Sergio Ramos, and had to come off.

Ramos became the arch nemesis of all Liverpool and Egypt fans in that one moment, with the forward's World Cup being put in doubt.

One year on and Liverpool are back in the final and this time playing against Spurs. If Jurgen Klopp and his team expected a nicer evening than the London side might have something waiting for them.

Speaking to the Mirror, Davinson Sanchez explained he's been watching recordings of Ramos for tips of how to defend in the final, saying:

"Watching DVDs, it was unbelievable the way [Ramos] defends. He has that character you need to play that position.

"Sometimes now, everyone is too focused on playing football. But sometimes the striker doesn't care. You see [Liverpool's Roberto] Firmino. This guy. Crash. Block. Kane as well. If he has to put his leg in, he will.

"Harry's injury, against Manchester City, was the same. His ankle. He tried to block. And boom. The strikers are more worried to recover the ball and you have to be ready to fight against them."

Sanchez is clearly ready for Liverpool in the final. Image: PA Images
Sanchez is clearly ready for Liverpool in the final. Image: PA Images

And Sanchez, who has played a European final previously when Ajax lost to Manchester United in the Europa League final, has warned that Mauricio Pochettino's side will start the final aggressively, adding, "A final is about winning. You can't wait for the opponent to be better than you, or let them start to play their football. We are going to start aggressively. A final is about this. Everyone wants to win the trophy.

"If you have to crash, you have to crash. You don't care. You have to tackle. Football is not composed of just taking the ball, or clear the ball, properly. Without touching the opponent? No. If you clear the ball and the opponent is in there - I feel sorry for the opponent!"

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Ryan Sidle

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