Jamie Redknapp has defended Sergio Ramos’ “win at all costs” approach after Champions League final clashes with Mohamed Salah and Loris Karius, urging Liverpool to move on
Ramos tangled with Salah, forcing the Liverpool man to go off injured, and then collided with goalkeeper Karius before the goalkeeper’s errors gifted Real Madrid two decisive goals.
Doctors later confirmed Karius suffered from concussion in the final, prompting further criticism that the Spain international mocked.
But former Liverpool midfielder Redknapp believes Reds supporters would not have complained if a tussle had injured Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo.
“[Sergio Ramos’] behaviour on the day probably wasn’t ideal,” Redknapp said, speaking at a Soccer Aid event. “But if he was in your team and he did what he done and you won the Champions League final, you would be cool with it. It’s as simple as that.
“If we had a situation and one of our players injured Ronaldo, we wouldn’t be complaining too much. That’s football sometimes. It is win at all costs and Sergio Ramos certainly lives by that.”
— Sergio Ramos (@SergioRamos) May 26, 2018
Redknapp wants Liverpool and Karius to move on, with the goalkeeper needing to “rebuild his career”.
“It’s done now. There’s nothing you can do and whether he got concussion or not, who knows [if that had an impact],” he said.
“The truth is that he needs to try to rebuild his career. The more that’s said the worse it gets for the lad. He needs to go and have a good pre-season with Liverpool or whoever it is and get on with being a footballer and a goalkeeper.
“It is a situation which only pops up every 20 years in sport, but people have gone on and got over things in their life and rebuilt. I’m sure, even if it’s not at Liverpool, he can go on and be a great goalkeeper somewhere.”
— Soccer Aid (@socceraid) June 6, 2018
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