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Tottenham defender Sanchez warns Liverpool: We'll fight - just like Ramos!

Tottenham defender Davinson Sanchez says they're ready to draw inspiration from Sergio Ramos to thump Liverpool in next week's Champions League final.

The Spurs defender has been absent with a thigh injury since their defeat at Bournemouth, but is working his way back to fitness ahead of the final on June 1.

A year after Real Madrid captainSergio Ramos' challenge forced Liverpool's talisman, Mohamed Salah, out of the final, which the Reds lost 3-1, Sanchez is ready to channel the Spaniard.

“Sometimes now, everyone is too focused on playing football. And Sergio has that character you need to play that position," he told the Mirror.

“I watch video clips of him [Ramos], Franco Baresi, Paolo Maldini. Their aggression.

“After a few years, you have to realise that's important for some defenders. You have to admit, yes you play football, but at the same time, you must not forget you are a defender and have to fight. Put your face in where it hurts.

“Sometimes the striker doesn't care. You see Roberto Firmino against his guy. Crash. Block. Harry Kane as well. If he has to put his leg in, he will."

Sanchez has called on his teammates to fight harder than any of Jurgen Klopp's players next week.

“Sometimes just playing football is not enough," he said. "You have to do more. You have to run more. You have to 'crash' more. To – I don't know – cry more.

“We have to show everyone the right mentality," he added. "If we can't play our football, we have to have another way to do it.

“You can't be worried about what people say. If you have to crash, you have to crash. You don't care. You have to tackle. Football is not composed of just taking the ball, or clearing the ball, properly, without touching the opponent?

“No. If you clear the ball and the opponent is in the middle of it… I feel sorry for the opponent!

“Whoever is on the pitch has to do it. It's a final. A final is about winning. You can't wait for the opponent to be better than you, or let them start to play their football.

“We are going to start aggressively. A final is about this. Everyone wants to win the trophy."

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