First thing’s first: We love Didi Hamann.
The German is one of the best midfielders to play for Liverpool during the Premier League era and his influence on the greatest night in the club’s history against AC Milan in 2005 cannot be forgotten.
But we don’t agree with these quotes about Jurgen Klopp’s side and find them reactive rather than analytical.
Liverpool were excellent for 75 minutes of the Bournemouth clash and while our capitulation at the death was heartbreaking, it doesn’t undo all the fantastic work done so far this campaign…
And it certainly doesn’t make us ‘average’.
“Good teams find ways to win, average teams find ways not to. Liverpool simply haven’t shown enough,” Hamann told Paddy Power.
“Klopp has changed the mind-set of the people in the city and the club, but the collapse at Bournemouth is something we’ve seen quite a few times in recent years.
“With all due respect to the Cherries, if you can’t defend a two-goal lead against them then I struggle with what happens when Liverpool come up against a top team.
“The Reds didn’t show enough tactical nous or an understanding of what’s required in certain situations.”
Our loss against the Cherries was our first in 15 games. We were without Coutinho, our best player, Joel Matip, our best defender and Daniel Sturridge. We still battered Eddie Howe’s side and 99 times out of 100, would have seen the game out. This happens in football. It’ll happen to Chelsea, Manchester City and Arsenal. It’s unfortunate and there are things to be worked on, but Liverpool under Klopp in 2016/17 are not average – we’re an excellent side who when fully fit – have the beating of anyone in the country.
Hopefully, Liverpool prove us and not Hamann right over the Christmas period, starting against West Ham at Anfield today.