EPL: Liverpool star, Van Dijk criticises Cristiano Ronaldo

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Since then, Lovren turned their rivalry up a notch after Croatia's 3-2 win over Spain in the Nations League, mainly for how he took to Instagram to brag about elbowing Ramos in the match.

Croatia beat Spain 3-2, courtesy of a stoppage time victor from Tin Jedvan.

"Haha! 3-2! Go ahead and talk now, buddy".

He then alluded to an aerial clash with Ramos saying he "elbowed him good".

In the past month, Lovren has reignited his row with Ramos, which began following the Champions League final in May.

Virgil van Dijk has weighed in on Liverpool team-mate Dejan Lovren's feud with Sergio Ramos, describing the Real Madrid captain as "not my type of defender". Buddy! They are a bunch of pussies.

"He's a great player and I respect what he has achieved, but he is not my type of central defender".

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Van Dijk and Ramos are clearly very different centre-backs, with Liverpool's No. 4 more measured in his approach, but they, along with Varane, are widely regarded as among the world's best.

A reporter declared Ramos "the best defender in the world" and Van Dijk "the most expensive", which saw the Dutchman reply: "The second thing is right (laughs)".

On duty with the Netherlands squad, Van Dijk spoke to De Telegraaf about the Spaniard's impact on the final, and interestingly gave his honest assessment of him as a player.

"He's an excellent defender who is still young and has improved".

Whether or not Van Dijk's comments have any relation to what happened in the Champions League final in Kiev is unknown.

"I try to avoid the kind of situations in which he excels and I don't even try to make sliding tackles". But you suspect Ramos' actions that night may have swayed the opinion of everyone associated with Liverpool.

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