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Goal­keeper shoul­ders blame as Liverpool hand Cham­pi­ons League to Real

CHAM­PI­ONS LEAGUE: Liverpool de­fender An­drew Robert­son de­scribed Ser­gio Ramos’s games­man­ship as “quite clever” af­ter the Real Madrid cap­tain’s in­volve­ment in Mo­hamed Salah’s in­jury.

Ramos was seen to hang on to the Egypt in­ter­na­tional as the pair fell to the floor in what ap­peared to be a cal­cu­lated firsthalf chal­lenge which re­sulted in the 44-goal Reds for­ward be­ing forced off with shoul­der lig­a­ment dam­age.

It was the turn­ing point in the game as Real’s con­fi­dence grew as Liverpool’s waned on the way to a 3-1 de­feat.

But it was not the only in­ci­dent in­volv­ing Ramos as he also ap­peared to catch goal­keeper Loris Kar­ius in the face at a cor­ner and his the­atrics con­trib­uted to Sa­dio Mane’s sec­ond-half book­ing.

Egypt are op­ti­mistic Salah will be fit for the World Cup in three weeks and Ramos has tweeted a get well mes­sage.

“Some­times foot­ball shows you it’s good side and other times the bad. Above all, we are fel­low pros. #GetWel­lSoon @ MoSalah,” wrote Ramos.

For­mer Hull City de­fender Robert­son did not go so far as to ap­por­tion blame, but said: “I think it is just how he (Salah) has landed but Ramos is quite clever, isn’t he?

“We are clutch­ing at straws if we are say­ing that. It’s un­for­tu­nate. It just dis­rupted our rhythm a wee bit.

“He has done un­be­liev­able this sea­son and for it to end that way for him was dev­as­tat­ing. I hope he goes to the World Cup be­cause a na­tion is a re­ly­ing on him.

“Hope­fully he’ll come back big­ger and stronger.”

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