Liverpool's Dejan Lovren faces talks with Croatia boss over Sergio Ramos video

Georginio Wijnaldum

Virgil van Dijk is the latest player to speak out about Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos.

What does set the Real Madrid pair apart from Van Dijk at this stage is silverware, with their triumph in the Champions League final adding another honour to their book.

"Ramos is not the best", Van Dijk told De Telegraaf.

Harry Kane has moved to play down any animosity between England and Croatia - and particularly Dejan Lovren - ahead of their crunch UEFA Nations League match on Sunday. He's a great player and I respect him for everything he's won but he's not my kind of centre-back.

The Dutchman feels he is far away from the kind of centre-back Ramos is and believes he personally tries to avoid the kind situations which the Real Madrid man is famous for. "He is an excellent defender and has already won a lot".

Ramos had attempted to defuse the row in a pre-game news conference, insisting he had no interest in responding to the initial criticism, but Lovren claimed Luis Enrique's side lacked class in defeat.

"Bloody hell, it's all been blown out of all proportion", Ramos said, when asked about the incidents in June.

Ramos then appeared to foul Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius and later touched Salah on his injured shoulder at an awards ceremony.

While Lovren is seemingly adamant these were intentional, Van Dijk was more reserved in his stance-though he was emphatic on how it changed the game.

'Suddenly Marcelo, Benzema and Ronaldo all ganged up against our young right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold and left the whole right flank free. "With Salah on the pitch they wouldn'rt have dared to do that", he explained.

"I sometimes think about the match but I hope to be in the final again and on the right side of the score".

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