It was an eventful night for Liverpool in the Champions League on Wednesday, but Didi Hamann was not impressed by his old club’s performance.
Jurgen Klopp’s side came away from Anfield with a 2-2 draw against Sevilla but defensive errors were their undoing yet again as mistakes allowed the visitors to score two goals from as many shots on target.
Speaking in his role as an analyst for the match for RTE, Hamann was strong in his criticism of the Premier League side, pointing at the lack of balance between defence and attack in the wake of Klopp’s failure to add a new centre-back in the summer.
“I don’t know where this team is going to go. He (Klopp) came to the club 18 months ago at a time when the defence needed reinforcements – a part of the team that obviously needed strengthening. Have I seen progress in the last 18 months? No. Are they any better now than they were 18 months ago? No.
“On the bench tonight, you had Sturridge, Coutinho and Oxlade-Chamberlain – I’m not sure why he was bought. In defence, you have the likes of Moreno and Lovren – I’d have questions marks over these two and Klavan who was a sub tonight.
“I have rarely seen a more unbalanced squad in Liverpool’s history. It’s very top heavy. In recent games they win 4-0, they lose 5-0 and tonight they give the game away.
“They are always prone to mistakes. I don’t think this team is going anywhere.”
“Liverpool aren’t going anywhere”, says Didi Hamann pic.twitter.com/0iFsqnxtzy
— RTÉ Soccer (@RTEsoccer) September 13, 2017
Hamann, a member of Liverpool’s Champions League-winning squad of 2005, hasn’t been as enamoured with Klopp as many, never afraid to criticise the job his compatriot is doing at Anfield when he feels it is warranted.
Liverpool, for their part, will be looking to bounce back from Wednesday’s draw, and last weekend’s 5-0 hammering from Manchester City, in this weekend’s Premier League clash against Burnley at Anfield.
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