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Dietmar Hamann hits back at Roy Keane over his claim that Liverpool are ‘bad champions’


Keane branded Klopp’s side ‘bad champions’ (Picture: Getty Images)

Dietmar Hamann has hit back at former Manchester United captain Roy Keane after he claimed that Liverpool have been ‘bad champions’.

The Reds’ title defence took another major blow as they slipped to a damaging defeat against Leicester City last weekend, after which Jurgen Klopp conceded his side were no longer challengers.

Liverpool are now 13 points behind league leaders Manchester City, who convincingly beat the champions 4-1 earlier this month.

Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson was at fault for two of City’s four goals in the defeat at Anfield (Picture: Getty Images)

Speaking on Sky Sports after Pep Guardiola’s side came away with an emphatic victory at Anfield, Keane took aim at the title holders.

‘They are making a lot of excuses, to me they’ve been bad champions,’ Keane said.

‘I think they’ve all believed the hype over the last year or two. We spoke about there’d be some sort of drop off, but they play for a big team in Liverpool.

‘It’s as if they won the league last year, they’ve all got a bit carried away, they’ve all believed their own hype as if they’re going to beat teams.

‘You’re talking about Liverpool, I hear people keep telling me they’re a great club and a huge club, if it’s a huge club you have to deal with setbacks. Is that not part of the game? If everyone had all their players fit all the time it’d be fantastic.’

When Keane’s comments were put to former Liverpool midfielder Hamann in an interview with Sportbuzzer, he responded: ‘Keane’s criticism is completely exaggerated.

‘The problems can be explained. Not only is [Virgil] Van Dijk missing, but Joel Matip and Joe Gomez are also. If the entire central defence isn’t there, even Liverpool can’t do anything. Thiago should pull the strings, but he still seems like a foreign body to me.

‘Then there is the short break, the hassle of games. Freshness, dominance and impact are missing. In their heyday, the stole the air from opponents to breathe.

‘Right now, they have to work very hard for every win, but I’m not really concerned about Liverpool. Klopp has achieved great things. The foundation for lasting success is in place.’


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