Liverpool faith in Klopp is ‘absolute madness’ says former star

Date published: Sunday 5th February 2017 10:18 - James Marshment

Didi Hamann has criticised Liverpool’s decision to hand Jurgen Klopp a six-year contract and claiming they’ll be lucky to make the top four this season.

The Reds were beaten 2-0 at Hull on Saturday with the latest stats revealing this damning fact about their form.

Liverpool’s drop in form is of real concern with the one-time title favourites now looking in serious danger of failing to make the top four this season.

And with Klopp being given a lengthy new deal recently, former Anfield favourite Hamann has questioned the wisdom of the club’s hierarchy.

Hamann told the Sunday Times: “In England it can be OK to fail, in Germany it never is.

“I like Klopp, but they lost two finals last season, so I’d be careful. I wouldn’t have given him a six-year contract. That’s absolute madness. They won’t win anything this year and they may not finish top four.”

Hamann is more sanguine about Manchester City, another of his former clubs. He says Pep Guardiola made a key decision in finally dropping Claudio Bravo.

“I saw them against West Ham and Spurs and things are coming together. They’re probably too far off Chelsea to win the title but they’ll finish the season strong.

“[Guardiola] has had his difficulties but he’s learning one or two things. I don’t think in England you can play from the back all the time, you’ve got to mix it,” he says.

Hamann was also deeply critical of the attitude of some English players, claiming they are aloof.

“Maybe society, the press, the fans, have let players get away with too many things. Humility’s a big thing. In the main, the lads in England are all right but there are examples where the players are getting away with not being humble.

“You see some of them strutting round, and you wonder why there’s a disconnection between the fan and the player?

“In Germany we keep our players closer to the public. You sign autographs because you know this is what your club is about, what the whole body of German football stands for.”

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