Jurgen Klopp makes surprise claim to Aston Villa

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Jurgen Klopp has claimed Liverpool’s 4-1 loss to Napoli in the Champions League last week was the ‘worst game’ his side have played since he has been at the club, as he told Sky Sports.

The Liverpool boss added that ‘everyone remembers Aston Villa’ as he referred to their 7-2 defeat at Villa Park in 2020, but surprisingly he doesn’t think it’s the worst of the lot .

At the time, Liverpool were champions of England, so they were in a much better position than they were at Napoli last week.

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A hat-trick from Ollie Watkins in the first half caused havoc that night to forget for Liverpool, with then-Dean Smith’s side entering the break 4-1.

By comparison, the Reds were 3-0 down at Napoli, with Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez at the heart of defence, just as they were against Aston Villa – each time Gomez was snagged by his manager.

But given that the 7-2 game was one of the worst results in Liverpool’s history, and that was before long-term injuries to Van Dijk and Gomez, Klopp doesn’t think it’s the worst performance , which might surprise some.

“It was a real horror show (against Napoli), to be honest,” Klopp said. “We also showed the boys the situation, but they knew and seeing it again makes it really obvious.

“It was the worst game we’ve played since I’ve been here and we had a few games. We all know that. Everyone remembers Aston Villa and maybe a few others.

“We weren’t aware of it, but there were still glimpses of us, even in those games (against Villa). But in that particular game, nothing.

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KLOPP FACES HIS BIGGEST TEST

The problem facing Klopp now is that, compared to the Villa game, his older and more important players are older with no real depth behind them.

They are an aging squad, with two centre-backs who have struggled with performance since picking up their long-term injuries in this 2020/21 campaign.

Then there’s the midfield issue, which the Anfield faithful felt needed to be sorted out last summer, but fast forward to the present and it’s Arthur Melo who gets a loan move from Juventus on the day of transfer deadline.

All in all, Liverpool still have time to turn things around, starting with Dutch champions Ajax tonight, but if things continue as they are then many will start to seriously worry.

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