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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has been slammed by former Reds midfielder Didi Hamann following Saturday’s heavy defeat to Wolves. A post-match skirmish with a reporter has invited fresh criticism onto Klopp, who’s struggling to search out an answer to his side’s torrid run of form because the World Cup. 

Liverpool’s 3-0 loss to Wolves was their third in 4 Premier League matches, with the opposite a goalless draw at home to Chelsea. The Reds were also knocked out of the FA Cup by Brighton last weekend, with Klopp and his side affected by shot confidence ahead of the forthcoming Merseyside derby. 

Joel Matip’s own goal and Craig Dawson’s first strike for Wolves left Liverpool two down inside 12 minutes at Molineux, before Ruben Neves rubbed salt into the injuries late on. When quizzed on his side’s tendency to start out slowly by reporter James Pearce after the sport, Klopp refused to reply. 

“It’s very difficult to seek advice from you if I’m 100 per cent honest, I would favor not to try this. You already know why, for all of the belongings you wrote,” said the German, before taking the exact same query from a distinct reporter. 

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“Liverpool is a club that relies on respect and I feel someone has to inform [Klopp] ‘That is Liverpool Football Club and you may’t do that’. We’ve campaigns against bullying and you may’t have the Liverpool manager behave the way in which he did. I feel no person on the club has the bottle to inform him, which I feel they need to.

“He might say ‘Well, if I got a number of players then perhaps I wouldn’t must answer these questions’, so there is perhaps a little bit of a standoff. The way in which things are going in the meanwhile, these items don’t help him and so they definitely don’t help the club, which is above every part else. You’ll be able to’t have a situation where the manager disrespects a thoroughly respected journalist like he did to James Pearce.”

On the incident, The Athletic’s James Pearce said: “I’ve since been told he was reacting to something he read elsewhere the past few days. Nothing I’d written.”

Klopp and Hamann have already gone toe-to-toe in the general public eye, with the Liverpool boss blasting his compatriot last yr following comments made about his team lacking a ‘spark’. When informed that it was Hamann who made the remark, Klopp responded sarcastically: “Oh, great. He’s a improbable source. 

“Well-respected in every single place. I actually think Didi Hamann doesn’t deserve that you just use his phrase to ask me a matter. Do me a favour and ask your personal query. Attempt to ask a matter without the word ‘spark’, that is the challenge now.”

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