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Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk has criticised Cristiano Ronaldo for ganging up against young defender, Trent Alexandre-Arnold, during their Champions League final 3-1 defeat to Real Madrid.

He also accused two other Real Madrid players for what happened after Mohamed Salah’s injury in the final.

Liverpool and Ronaldo-led Real Madrid clashed in the Champions League final back in May, with Los Blancos winning 3-1 in Ukraine.

Many Liverpool fans and players believe the final could have had a different outcome had Salah remained on the pitch.

Salah limped out of the match following a collision with Sergio Ramos.

And Van Dijk has accused Cristiano Ronaldo, as well as Marcelo and Karim Benzema, of “ganging up” on youngster Alexander-Arnold.

“Mentally, something changed for Real Madrid once Salah left the pitch,” Van Dijk told De Telegraaf.

“Suddenly, Marcelo, Benzema and Ronaldo all ganged up against our young right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold and left the whole right flank free.

“With Salah, they would not have dared.”

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