Phil Thompson has made a comment about Sergio Ramos that doesn't make much sense ahead of CL final

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During his long punditry career, Phil Thompson has never been the most impartial man when it comes to talking about his beloved Liverpool FC.

Thompson was a Reds player for 13 years, between 1971 and 1984, racking up 340 league appearances and has been an assistant to previous manager Gerard Houllier during his time at the helm of the club.

Commentating on games like this has made him a hit on Sky Sports and Gillette Soccer Saturday for his passion and saying it how it is when something goes wrong for the club.

And his predictions and comments on the eve of the Champions League final clash between his boyhood team and Real Madrid could be perceived as surprising.


Telling Sky Sports that the Reds tend to turn it up on the big European nights isn't too shocking, as it's been shown in this campaign and previous years that whoever lines up for Liverpool on the night, home or away, they seem to turn it up a notch.

'Thommo' has also compared 'Los Blancos' to the current Premier League champions Manchester City - who were disposed at the quarter-final stage by Liverpool - in the sense that neither look to park the bus in matches, which could be a positive for the likes of Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane.

Thompson then claims that both teams' defences 'aren't the best' but Liverpool's are 'more capable defensively' compared to the big names that Madrid have at their disposal, which could be argued as the likes of Dani Carvajal, Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane have numerous Champions League successes to their name in recent years over the likes of Trent Alexander-Arnold, Virgil Van Dijk and Andy Robertson.

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But the most head-scratching comment Thompson made was towards Madrid skipper Ramos - a three-time winner of the Champions League - where he claims the 32-year old is a weak link of the Madrid backline.

"Sergio Ramos has had his critics and, while he is a warrior and a winner, he is also slow and only getting slower, which is why he gets so many yellow and red cards and plays into the hands of our pacy forward line," stated Thompson.

Whilst the Spanish stalwart isn't getting any younger, it does seem ludicrous to suggest that a lack of pace is the reason that Ramos is always in disciplinary trouble.

Rather than a decrease in speed over the years, which hasn't been too noticeable, it is Ramos' aggressive nature in the tackle and confrontational style that has seen him get into trouble with referees.

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These words could potentially spur Ramos on as he looks to lift his third European Cup in a row in Kiev on Saturday night.

But there is a certain deadly trio that will be wearing the colour red looking to spoil that potential party.

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