Revealed: Van Dijk explains how Real took advantage of Salah's injury

Revealed: Van Dijk explains how Real took advantage of Salah's injury
Liverpool's Mohamed Salah (left) walks off the pitch after picking up an injury during the UEFA Champions League Final at the NSK Olimpiyskiy Stadium, Kiev. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 26, 2018. See PA story SOCCER Champions League. Photo credit should read: Mike Egerton/PA Wire

by Staff Reporter

Monday Nov 19, 2018. 16:00

The international break this month has brought the injury sustained by Mohamed Salah in the UEFA Champions League final earlier this year back to light.

Salah's Liverpool teammate Dejan Lovren was first to scratch open the old wound following Croatia's win over Spain this past weekend, with the defender taking several digs at Sergio Ramos in the aftermath.

Ramos established himself as the most hated man on Merseyside following the now infamous moment, where a collision with Salah in the UCL final, forced the Egyptian's premature withdrawal from the game.

Real Madrid would go on to defend their crown in Kiev, but Reds' fans still feel aggrieved to what happened to Salah and believe that if he played the full game they'd have been the ones celebrating another UCL title.

Lovren's defensive parter, Virgil van Dijk has since explained how Real took advantage of Salah's absence in the Spanish club's 3-1 win.

“Mentally, something changed for Real Madrid once Salah left the pitch,” Van Dijk told De Telegraaf.

“Suddenly Marcelo, Benzema and Ronaldo all ganged up against our young right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold and left the whole right flank free,” he added. “With Salah, they would not have dared.”

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