Sergio Ramos is done talking about Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp. For real this time. But the Real Madrid defender couldn’t help himself to one last jab on Tuesday.
Last month, Klopp told reporters that he didn’t like how Ramos performed in the Champions League Final between Madrid and Liverpool. In the first half, he hurt the EPL’s leading goal-scorer — Mohamed Salah — so badly that he couldn’t return. In the second half, he caught goalkeeper Loris Karius in the face with an elbow. Just moments after that, Karius threw the ball off Karim Benzema’s leg, which resulted in Real’s first goal. They went on to win 3-1, securing their third consecutive UCL Final.
But Ramos is done with all of this. He says Klopp should “stick to his own business,” per Reuters. But that’s not all he would go on to say, citing the manager’s poor record in finals as well.
“It’s not the first final (Klopp) has lost, he should stick to his own business. Some of us have been operating at a very high level for many years, I’m not sure he can say the same.”
And here’s the thing: Ramos isn’t wrong. In seven finals, Klopp’s teams are 1-6. His side last won a final over six years ago — Borussia Dortmund in the DFB Pokal. And while his Liverpool side is extremely good, we don’t know how they can hold up. At the end of the day, their defense is still fairly fragile. Even if the starters are strong, they have little depth. Despite how good they are, City still won the league by 19 points over second-place Manchester United. The gap between them and Liverpool? 25 points.
Don’t give him more ammo, Jürgen. He’s not going to let you forget it if you do. This is a results business. And right now, Klopp keeps coming out on the losing end.