Dejan Lovren Admits He Elbowed Sergio Ramos Out Of Revenge For Mo Salah
The Croatian is close friends with Liverpool's No.11 and after he suffered a shoulder following a controversial collision with Ramos in the 2018 Champions League final, Lovren took matters into his own hands.
Lovren ended up coming up against Ramos in a UEFA Nations League game between Croatia and Spain in November 2018. The hosts won 3-2 in Zagreb, with Lovren leaving one on the Real skipper when they challenged in the air from a corner and later bragging about it on Instagram.
Dejan Lovren deliberately elbowing Ramos then gladly admitting to it. My hero. My mate. :joy: pic.twitter.com/QrnoSDAerf- Red (@TaintlessRed) November 16, 2018
And now, nearly two years on, Lovren has confirmed he did so deliberately - his feeling being that Ramos should get a taste of his own medicine and he ought to be the one to give it to him.
"I deliberately hit Ramos after hurting Salah? Yes, this is possible," the Zenit centre-back opened up in an interview with Egypt Today.
"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 time to pay for what he has done.
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"Luka Modric tried to reduce the tension between me and Ramos, and we were facing Spain together with the Croatian national team, and I deliberately hit him with my elbows and told him that we have drawn now.
"I respect Ramos as a player and what he does for his team. He has won a lot of titles, but on the other hand, he does some behaviour that I do not like and harm the players.
"We were playing much 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 began to dominate the match."
Salah just about recovered in time to play in Egypt's first World Cup for 28 years but was clearly not fully fit. He then suffered more misery when Ramos sat behind him at the Champions League draw and mischievously brushed his shoulder.
The forever humble Salah still holding a grudge towards Ramos. Sergio giving him a pat on the shoulder for the second time. pic.twitter.com/wM9z0AFxur- Xav Salazar (@XavsFutbol) August 30, 2018
However, it seems he did enjoy his friend levelling matters against Ramos a few months later.
When asked how Salah reacted to the elbow Lovren replied: "I will not tell you [what he said], but he laughed."