Harvey Elliott refused to meet Real Madrid icon Sergio Ramos while on a tour of the Santiago Bernabeu because of the Spaniard’s Champions League final altercation with Mohamed Salah, according to reports.
The Athletic claims that Liverpool – who eventually signed the former Fulham youngster last summer – were not the only club interested in the 17-year-old.
Madrid were keen on the midfielder and arranged for the player to take part in a tour of the club’s iconic stadium and their training complex, during which they were “stunned” by Elliott’s response to their offer of meeting Ramos.
When Elliott and his touring party reached Ramos’ shirt and the request was made, he reportedly said: “No, it’s OK, thanks. I don’t like him after what he did to Mo Salah.”
Elliott, a lifelong Liverpool fan, was inside the NSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium in Kiev in May 2018 when Liverpool were downed 3-1 by Madrid.
Reds goalkeeper Loris Karius – who later complained of concussion – was largely at fault after his two errors allowed Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale to score.
However, Liverpool’s chances took a blow midway through the first half when Salah was challenged by Ramos, a tackle which handed the Egyptian a shoulder injury and forced him to miss part of his country’s World Cup campaign.
Salah left the field in tears but was able to go one better last season, scoring in the final against Tottenham before lifting the trophy.
Elliott, meanwhile, arrived at Anfield in a quiet summer window for Liverpool, with fellow youngster Sepp van den Berg, Adrian and Andy Lonergan the only other first-team arrivals.
Elliott has made seven appearances for the Reds in his first season to date but he has shown most promise in the UEFA Youth League, where he had netted one goal and assisted five others before football’s extended break.
In other news, Liverpool have reportedly sounded out a move for Barcelona winger Ousmane Dembele if their pursuit of RB Leipzig marksman Timo Werner fails.