Former Liverpool midfielder turned TV pundit Dietmar Hamann has leapt to the defence of his old team for their displays this season, which is pretty laughable before we dig deeper into this article.
Liverpool’s defence of the title has been embarrassing to date. For them, of course, because we’re enjoying their fall from grace. It didn’t take very long.
Hamann says Roy Keane’s criticism of Liverpool is “completely exaggerate” in his defence of Jurgen Klopp.
Liverpool’s title defence is over and they are 13 points behind leaders Man City as things stand. Wins in the Premier League for West Ham and Chelsea on Monday night saw both teams overtake the Scousers in the standings. They are not sixth.
Keane branded Liverpool “bad champions” after their 4-1 defeat against City, which is exactly what they are.
Hamann is struggling with the truth.
“Not only is [Virgil] van Dijk missing, but Joel Matip and Joe Gomez are also. If the entire central defence isn’t there, even Liverpool can’t do anything.
“Thiago should pull the strings, but he still seems like a foreign body to me.
“Then there is the short break, the hassle of games. Freshness, dominance and impact are missing.
“In their heyday, they stole the air from opponents to breathe. Right now, they have to work very hard for every win, but I’m not really concerned about Liverpool.
“Klopp has achieved great things. The foundation for lasting success is in place.”
Regarding the last line, the foundations built to win the league last season have been completely destroyed then.
You can’t blame injuries on this season without taking a look at the board. Hamann doesn’t even mention the fact they only strengthened with Jota in the summer. Did Klopp need more backing after winning the league to freshen his squad? A squad that has pretty much been together for three years?
Keane is right and Hamann has provided a very weak argument for Klopp’s Liverpool.
Long may this continue but we need to get back to winning ways in the Premier League too. There’s still a long way to go.