Former Liverpool midfielder Didi Hamann has suggested that the finger of blame following our tough season should be pointed at Tom Hicks and George Gillett, claiming we are still trying to recover from the mess they left us in.
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According to the Daily Mirror, the ex-German international believes that the club was ready to progress after we won the Champions League ten years ago, but were denied that opportunity by the pair’s three year stint at the helm. Hamann suggested that we are still paying for their time in charge.
“I think there were tough times with Gillett and Hicks and they set the club back a good five years,” he said.
“Up until then, things were going well with Rafa in charge, they got to another Champions League final and had a good go at the league,” Hamann added.
Our difficult campaign was signed off with Sunday’s defeat at Stoke, but the 41-year-old explained that there is reason to be optimistic ahead of next year.
“It’s obviously been a disappointing season for fans to watch, but the good thing is, Liverpool are in Europe and now they need to see which players they want to keep to move the club forward,” he suggested.
The loss has exposed just how much work Brendan Rodgers now has to do in the summer if we wish to be competing for a place in the Champions League in the future. Hamann thinks that it is not just events on the pitch that will guide us back to where we belong.
“I’m confident that Liverpool’s supporters can help them get back where they were,” said Hamann
“The fans are very vocal and loyal and they played a big part of it on that night 10 years ago, they kept singing and I don’t think it would’ve happened at any other club,” he concluded.