Hello all you wonderful people and let me first say, never have I received so much negative mail as I did last week following my admission that I’d “lost respect” for Jurgen Klopp.
Mind you, in the space of a couple of days (online) over 28 000 people had read it, that’s a lot.
So thanks guys for the views and the abuse… I take it on the chin, you give it, you get it c’est la vie… But don’t get me wrong, I don’t write for views, I comment on football through the eyes of a fan, not some trumped-up expert.
I guess it will appear I’m saying that to justify the following. But anyway, following on from last week, if you aren’t aware, it needs to be made clear.
On the first set of fixtures this season, wait for it… no, hold on… take a deep breath… you ready? OK, Jurgen “different kind of club” Klopp’s starting XI cost more than Chelsea’s. Hahahahaha, what a complete fraud.
He made himself look like a d***. Like a giant flaccid one with specs, piano teeth and big ugly takkies, perched on top of a miniature pair of soft balls.
Just for reference, here it is: Liverpool, total cost £356m: Alisson (£67m), Trent Alexander-Arnold (Academy), Joe Gomez (£6m), Virgil van Dijk (£75m), Andy Robertson (£8m), Naby Keita (£57m), Jordan Henderson (£20m), Georginio Wijnaldum (£25m), Mo Salah (£39m), Roberto Firmino (£29m), Sadio Mane (£30m).
Blues total – £332m: Kepa (£71m), Reece James (Academy), Kurt Zouma (£12m), Andreas Christensen (Academy), Marcos Alonso (£23m), N’Golo Kante (£32m), Jorginho (£51m), Mason Mount (Academy), Kai Havertz (£89m), Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Academy), Timo Werner (£53m).
And to compound the [email protected] that comes out of his mouth, the Anfield wage bill is higher too! So I hope that buries the debate?
I know it won’t, because deluded Liverpool fans have become so arrogant following their recently “bought” success – just like their technical team who were reprimanded by Klopp for cheering Christensen’s red card.
During the game on Sunday, I had ongoing Whatsapp messages from one of them.
According to her: “Liverpool dominated from kickoff!”
Jeez, talk about a rosy red-tinted view. It was a brilliant first 45. Yes, the Reds probably edged it, they had more possession, but it was such a technical half, with few chances either way… neither side was in control, ironically Jurgen Klopp said much the same.
Of course, once Christensen made the rugby tackle after being too slow off the mark, it was game over.
The second half was straight forward, despite another Kepa clanger and a missed penalty, it was never in doubt. Chelsea were in survival mode and the best scenario was simply not to concede too many.
By the time this goes to print, Edouard Mendy will have probably been announced to take Kepa’s place, which, along with the return of four key players will help lift the side.
My disappointment, however, can’t be anything like that of the other red half of Cape Town. My word, that was jaw-dropping!
Poor old Sir Alex Ferguson in the stand, even with a mask on you could see how broken he looked after one of the worst centreback performances of all time by Harry Maguire.
Jeeeeez, £80m on that! It’s a debate isn’t it, Kepa or Maguire, which is the greatest con in football transfer history… oh wait, let’s chuck Arsenal’s £70m Pepe in there as well.
Anyway, we crack on and another tasty game to look forward to on Monday night as the Gunners travel to Anfield.
Be safe good people, do the right thing, chat next week.