Tuesday 16 January 2018

'I don't know if he's anything other than a charmer' - Eamon Dunphy's outspoken attack on Jurgen Klopp

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp. Photo: PA
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp. Photo: PA
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Eamon Dunphy has ripped into Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp and suggested his life is ‘about to get very difficult’ after claiming the German has taken the club backwards in his two years at the helm.

Speaking to RTE 2FM’s Game On, the outspoken Dunphy offered up one of his vintage rants as he claimed Klopp should take the blame for Liverpool’s defensive nightmares that culminated in Sunday’s 4-1 defeat against Tottenham at Wembley.

“It’s outrageous. Klopp has had two years to put this right and he’s made it worse,” declared Dunphy.

“It would take a good coach max two months to put a defence on the field that was worthy of playing for Liverpool and worthy of their attacking players, who are outstanding and always get goals.

“You can coach a defence and organise them to defend set-pieces for sure. The third goal came from a set-piece and they were all over the place.

“There’s something very wrong there. They need a goalkeeper and they need about five defenders.

“He recognises that they are no good but he doesn’t know what to do about it. This guy doesn’t seem to be able to do it and I don’t think he should managing Liverpool if he can’t get the resources from the board to buy good defenders.

“You need to have a leader for your defence, somebody who does the organisation on the pitch, like John Terry.

He just spent £40m on Oxlade Chamberlain, who was a squad player at Arsenal and will be at Liverpool. He’s got no position. Anyone with common sense and a sense of priority would have spent it on a defender.

“The new goalkeeper at Everton, (Jordan) Pickford came from Sunderland for £30m. He’s outstanding and will probably go on and get capped for England. Why didn’t Liverpool buy him?”

Dunphy went on to state his belief that the Liverpool players have lost faith in Klopp’s methods and suggested the club’s supporters may be ready to turn on the manager they have invested so much faith in.

“I think Klopp’s life is about to get very difficult indeed,” he added. “He’ll have no authority if he isn’t seen to be able to buy the players he needs to fix the problems he has.

“I actually don’t know if he’s anything other than a charmer. I fell for him. The first few months they went to Manchester City and killed them, went to Chelsea and killed them. They were very exciting. They were doing what Manchester City are now doing to teams and that’s all gone.

“I think the players have lost faith in him and it’s clear that he doesn’t have the authority and that Fenway Sports are not going to invest what they need to to make Liverpool a top-four club.

“They won’t finish in the top four this year and they’ll get embarrassed somewhere in the Champions League.”

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