Dejan Lovren has admitted he deliberately elbowed Sergio Ramos as revenge for a foul on Mohamed Salah in the 2018 Champions League final.
The former Liverpool defender had a coming together with the Real Madrid star during Croatia’s 3-2 win over Spain in the Nations League in November 2018.
Immediately after the match Lovren appeared to suggest he elbowed Ramos on purpose in an Instagram Live video.
In the clip he also reportedly said: “Haha. 3-2. Go ahead and talk now buddy. Buddy! They [Spain] are a bunch of p******.”
The defender then responded to a comment from a fan on social media with a love heart emoji when asked whether he did it ‘for Mohamed Salah’, suggesting this was indeed the case.
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Salah was injured in a challenge with Ramos in the Champions League final and the Reds star was forced off the pitch in tears, before Madrid went on to claim the European crown.
And now Lovren, who recently left Liverpool to join Zenit Saint Petersburg, has confirmed his actions were indeed intentional.
He told Egyptian TV channel Sada El Balad : “I deliberately hit Ramos after hurting Salah? Yes, this is possible.
“Luka Modric tried to reduce the tension between me and Ramos, and we were facing Spain together with the Croatian national team, and I deliberately hit him with my elbows and told him that we have drawn now.
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“I respect Ramos as a player and what he does for his team. He has won a lot of titles, but on the other hand, he does some behaviour that I do not like and harm the players.
“I do not want to make a big story, but I think that what Ramos did was intentional to injure my friend, so it was time to pay for what he has done.
“We were playing much better than Real Madrid before Salah was injured in the Champions League final.
“His exit was a big blow for us, after his exit, they began to dominate the match.”