Liverpool’s bore draw with Crystal Palace left Jurgen Klopp frustrated, while Virgil van Dijk has been mocked for his recent performances, as the Reds continue to struggle.
Liverpool’s woes continued after slumping to a 0-0 draw away to Crystal Palace on Saturday.
The Reds moved up to a seventh place with the forgettable draw which showed how far Jurgen Klopp’s men have to go in their search to rediscover their world-class form. Off the pitch, it’s not much more exciting for Liverpool supporters, with owners Fenway Sports group confirming that they aren’t seeking a full sale of the club before Tuesday’s humiliating 5-2 loss to Real Madrid.
Klopp’s spending will be further limited in the Reds’ failure to qualify for the Champions League while failing to make the top four would also almost certainly put them out of the race to sign top transfer target Jude Bellingham. First on the priority list, however, is getting their players in order.
Here’s a round-up of the latest news from Anfield.
Palace draw leaves Klopp frustrated
Usually a happy hunting ground for Jurgen Klopp, Selhurst Park was the location of frustration for the Liverpool manager as his side snoozed to a 0-0 draw on Saturday evening. While Mohamed Salah hit the bar and Cody Gakpo came close in the dying embers, the Reds didn’t deserve more than the point which they walked away with.
Klopp’s disappointment showed when he brutally substituted Naby Keita at half-time, who’d picked up a yellow card in the first 45 minutes on what could prove to be his last-ever start for Liverpool due to his contract expiring at the end of the season. Harvey Elliott came on in Keita’s place but his introduction didn’t have the desired effect.
Van Dijk mocked by Gullit
Dutch legend Ruud Gullit has mocked Liverpool center-back Virgil van Dijk, claiming that his style of defending is more suited to ice skating than football. Gullit was scathing of his 31-year-old Dutch compatriot after the Reds were humbled 5-2 by Real Madrid in the Champions League.
“Van Dijk puts his hands behind his back like a speed skater and he bends his knees as speed skaters do,” the iconic former Netherlands international joked. “His body is leaning forward. He kind of kneels in his moves and only has his hands behind his back so he avoids a handball when the striker shoots.”
Jurgen Klopp has admitted that Liverpool needs the added financial boost that comes with Champions League qualification to plan for future big-money transfers. The Reds currently sit seventh in the Premier League table, six points behind Tottenham Hotspur in fourth.
“It’s not helpful if we miss out on the top four. Money always has an impact. But this cannot be that much of an impact, let me say it like this,” Klopp admitted. “Of course it is influential but this is a summer where we have to be in the market. I am sorry that we cannot guarantee the Champions League at this moment but it’s not done yet.”