Virgil van Dijk: 'Raphael Varane better than Sergio Ramos'

Virgil van Dijk: 'Raphael Varane better than Sergio Ramos'

The Dutch defender admitted that the Spanish centre back is "not his type of defender", with the Real Madrid man certainly a controversial figure in football.

Virgil van Dijk spoke loud and clear when asked his opinion on Real Madrid's defence: "Ramos isn't the best central defender in the world".

"If you look, Ramos has many more mistakes than me", Lovren commented.

"Ramos' teammate at Real Madrid, Raphael Varane is my favourite".

The Spain defender, who - wrongly or rightly - has earned himself a reputation for being a bit of a bastard down the years, upset Liverpool players and fans alike for the role he played in prematurely ending Mo Salah's Champions League final last May.

Now Van Dijk has added further fuel to the flames by backing up Lovren's assertion that Raphael Varane is on a different level to his centre back partner at Real.

Sergio Ramos has continued his long-running beef with Dejan Lovren following Spain's 3-2 defeat to Croatia in the UEFA Nations League.

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Sergio Ramos' tussle with Mohamed Salah, which saw the Egyptian fall to the ground and injure his shoulder, has made the Spaniard public enemy number one among Liverpool fans.

"He's got that horribleness about him - and that's a good thing in a defender, in my experience, even if I was on the end of a lot of that in my career!"

Since then, Van Dijk has joined the debate.

"Suddenly, Marcelo, Benzema and Ronaldo all appeared at Trent and released the entire right side. With Salah on the pitch they wouldn'rt have dared to do that", he explained.

"The match could have been different [had Salah stayed on]".

"I hope to once again stand on that podium and be on the right side of the score", he said.

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