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Former Liverpool midfielder Dietmar Hamann responded to Roy Keane for stating that Liverpool are “bad champions”.
Keane recently made the comment after Liverpool lost 4-1 to title rivals Manchester City.. That result was followed by another loss to Leicester, which has raised further questions about Liverpool’s ability to defend their crown.
The champions are 13 points behind City, which also has a game in hand. Although Liverpool still have 14 games to play, it seems like too much ground to make up.
Their recent troubles led former Manchester United midfielder Keane to claim that Liverpool have been making too many “excuses” and are “bad champions”.
Hamann, however, believes the criticism went too far. What Keane may see as excuses, Hamann sees as logical explanations.
“Keane’s criticism is completely exaggerated. The problems can be explained,” Hamann said. Sports buzzer.
“It is not only [Virgil] Van Dijk is not there, but Joel Matip and Joe Gomez are too. If there is not all the central defense, not even Liverpool can do anything.
“Thiago should pull the strings, but he still seems like a foreign body to me.
Then there is the short break, the annoyance of the games. Freshness, dominance and impact are lacking.
“At their peak, they stole the opponent’s air for breath. Right now, they have to work really hard for every win, but I’m not really worried about Liverpool.
Klopp has accomplished great things. The foundation for lasting success is in place. “
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Klopp receives endorsement from Crouch
Another former Liverpool player who has come to Klopp’s defense recently is Peter Crouch.
The forward recently downplayed suggestions that the manager, who has led Liverpool to the Champions League and Premier League trophies, might walk away.
“Jurgen Klopp has been, and continues to be, outstanding for Liverpool and if there are fans who think their time is up, I suggest they take a good look at themselves.” Crouch said.
“Whenever the time comes for Klopp to go ahead, I should let him decide, no one else.
“Look at their accomplishments: Liverpool have played finals, won the biggest awards, watched players of great potential become world-class superstars under their leadership.
“It is true that the title defense did not go as planned, but let’s not forget that Liverpool were at the top of the table on Christmas Day and they are dealing with a remarkable injured list.
“This descent is not terminal. History shows that Klopp is not someone to walk away in difficult times. Why would I do it now?
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