Tuesday 12 November 2019

Mohamed Salah takes swipe at Sergio Ramos and still hopes for World Cup role

The Egypt international was injured during Liverpool’s defeat to Real Madrid.

Mohamed Salah could yet miss the World Cup (Peter Byrne/PA)
Mohamed Salah could yet miss the World Cup (Peter Byrne/PA)

By Press Association Sport staff

Mohamed Salah has revealed he has not buried the hatchet with Sergio Ramos following their tangle in the Champions League final which forced the Liverpool man off injured.

Ramos came in for criticism following Real Madrid’s 3-1 win in Kiev last month as he was involved in a challenge with Reds talisman Salah that left the Egypt international in tears as he departed with an injured shoulder.

Spain captain Ramos was accused by some critics of deliberately causing the injury and was later involved in an incident with Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius whose two mistakes then allowed Madrid to lift a third-straight European title.

While Ramos was largely vilified for his role, he defended his actions and said he had sent a message of support to Salah – whose place in the World Cup came under threat from the injury.

But Salah, who also said it was “funny” for Ramos to claim he was the man fouled when the pair clashed, told Spanish newspaper Marca he had not told the Real Madrid man that all was fine between them.

“He sent me a message, but I never told him it was ‘OK’,” he said, quoted on Marca’s website.

“My comment is that it’s always OK when the one who made you cry first, then makes you laugh. Maybe he could also tell me if I’m going to be ready for the World Cup?”

Salah has been in imperious form since his move to Anfield last season – breaking the record for Premier League goals in a 38-game campaign as he hit an impressive 32.

He will be regarded as key to any hopes Egypt have of springing a surprise at the World Cup in Russia but, after the Champions League final injury he described a career low point, Salah remains uncertain if he will play in the opening Group A clash with Uruguay.

He added: “I hope to play the first game against Uruguay, but that will depend on how I feel when it approaches.”

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