Liverpool are not a great club, and manager Jurgen Klopp was dubbed a “baby” by Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti this week
That’s according to journalist Henk Spaan, who slammed Liverpool and their manager following their Champions League defeat this week.
Liverpool were eliminated from the competition on Wednesday, losing 1-0 at the Santiago Bernabeu to Karim Benzema’s 78th-minute strike.
In reality, the damage had been done in the first leg, when Liverpool blew a 2-0 lead at Anfield and went on to lose the contest 5-2.
They showed no indications of changing that in Spain, with a lackluster, lifeless performance that was nowhere near the exciting and drama-filled European nights they’d had previously.
Their performance in both legs against Real Madrid, whom they faced in the Champions League final last season, has earned them a lot of flak, and Spaan is the latest to lash out.
“Can Liverpool be considered a top club? “Can you call a team a top club with someone like Milner in the center of midfield?” he said in his Het Parool column.
“Does Liverpool have top players? Well, Mo Salah. Fabinho, Alexander-Arnold, or Van Dijk? They used to be elite players. When it comes to finances, Liverpool can only be described as a top club.
“The level disparity between us and Real Madrid was nearly unbelievable. At Liverpool, Benzema, Vinicius, Kroos, Modric, Valverde, Nacho, and Camavinga would all start.
“In comparison to the mature Ancelotti, Klopp was a kid, a coach doing his job with raised eyebrows, watching the pandemonium around him.”