Dietmar Hamann clarifies that he does not have a “feud” with Jurgen Klopp, after suggesting last season that Liverpool could sack his compatriot.
Last season, Hamann claimed that Klopp risked facing the sack as the Reds were in danger of not qualifying for the Champions League. However, he has since been surprised by the club’s strong start to the season and their fine form under Klopp, admitting that he has been wrong.
Speaking to BoyleSports Hamann said: “I don’t have a feud with Klopp. I think he responded to something I said last season, but I wouldn’t say we’re feuding! I wasn’t sure if he was the right man in the summer, I have to say, due to their poor season. Liverpool finished the season really well and almost got back into the Champions League, but I wasn’t sure last summer because Klopp has been there for a long time and the club needed a rebuild.”
Hamann has also been impressed with the state of Liverpool’s rebuild. They brought in the likes of Alexis Mac Allister, Ryan Gravenberch and Wataru Endo to refresh their midfield. He added: “Liverpool let a lot of players go and they probably missed out on one or two players, like (Eduardo) Camavinga and (Aurelien) Tchouameni, who would’ve been huge signings.
“They had to get rid of six or seven players to build their new midfield. I can’t remember a team doing that and being successful straight away. I was very cautious earlier on in the season, but I’m very impressed with the team and Klopp himself. He said he still had a fire in him and he’ll go again, and I didn’t expect the start they’ve had.”