Liverpool switch target Ibrahima Konate has positioned Sergio Ramos above Virgil Van Dijk in his list of the world’s best mid-halves.
Defender RB Leipzig has been strongly related with a move to Merseyside amid some spectacular performances in Germany, with Liverpool trying to strengthen their squad with reinforcements following a season the place accidents, and lack of canopy for them, have hampered their title defense.
Van Dijk, who could also be lining up alongside Konate subsequent season, was maybe essentially the most notable casualty, struggling a horrific injury to his anterior cruciate ligament in October that has sidelined him ever since.
A talismanic determine for Liverpool of their Premier League and Champions League victories, the Dutchman’s absence has been felt salty, however Konate – regardless of rumors of him going to Anfield – respects Ramos extra extremely.
When speaking to the UMM YouTube Channel of their ‘In That Order’ sport, the Frenchman said: “Ramos. Quantity one among course. Van Dijk then [David] Alaba. ”
Such protection will leave a bitter style within the mouths of Liverpool followers who could by no means forgive Ramos for injuring Mohammed Salah within the 2018 Champions League final.
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Ramos, who was trying to safe his fourth Champions League trophy, hurled Egypt to the ground, forcing him off the field early. Courtesy of two loopy errors by Lorius Karius, Real Madrid would go on to win the sport.
Past his club-level successes, although, Ramos can also be a World Cup winner and a two-time European Champion, Van Dijk’s victories can’t compete with them.
Ramos has additionally received 180 caps for Spain, and regardless of being six years older than Van Dijk at 35, he stays a key determine for the membership and the country.
Talking forward of Liverpool’s 3-1 defeat to Madrid within the quarter-finals on Wednesday, Klopp admitted that whereas he was indignant with Ramos within the seconds after their poor finals within the final, it occurred not too way back ‘ w critically hassle now.
“That is nothing to do with 2018 however once I had the draw as a result of it was the primary time we played Real Madrid since then in fact I remembered the sport,” Klopp informed The Every day Categorical.
“I said after that sport that if somebody requested at a press conference a week later or a month later whether or not I’d invite Sergio Ramos to my sixtieth birthday I’d have said no.
“Within the meantime, we’ll give it some thought once more. Not as a result of he’s a great footballer.
“In fact I said I did not like what occurred that evening. It was a bizarre evening for us however it was a protracted time in the past and I can not get that anger back so I am not even attempting. ”