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02nd Nov 2017

Didi Hamann absolutely savages Emre Can after goalscoring stat emerges

No holding back

Darragh Murphy

Didi Hamann pulls precisely zero punches when discussing the shortcomings of the current Liverpool side.

The former Reds midfielder has developed into something of a curmudgeonly pundit and he does not shy away from criticising those who ply their trade at Anfield nowadays.

Earlier in the season, Hamann delivered a withering assessment of Jurgen Klopp’s side who had just drawn 2-2 with Sevilla in the Champions League.

“I don’t know where this team is going to go,” Hamann said in September. “He [Klopp] came to the club 18 months ago and it was obvious that the defence needed reinforcement.

“If I look at the squad now – we talked about how good they are – apart from City it’s probably the best strikeforce and players going forward in the league.

“I’ve rarely seen a more unbalanced squad in Liverpool’s history – or in any other Premier League team. It’s top heavy.

“They are prone to the odd mistake and it puts added pressure on the offence. I don’t think this team is going anywhere.”

The former Germany international then showed a complete lack of sympathy for Dejan Lovren, the Liverpool defender who had just admitted to relying on painkillers to be able to play through injuries.

And even more Hamann savagery arrived on Thursday morning in the wake of the Reds’ 3-0 thrashing of Maribor which moved them to the top of their Champions League group.

Emre Can scored the second of the game with 25 minutes remaining and, with that goal, he took his Liverpool tally to 11.

When it was put to Hamann that Can had managed that feat in 140 fewer games for the club, the 44-year-old had a brutal response.

Hamann couldn’t help but point out that while he may not be as prolific in front of goal as his fellow countryman, he did win two FA Cups, two League Cups, the Champions League, the Uefa Cup and two Uefa Super Cups with Liverpool.

Can, conversely, has yet to win anything on Merseyside.

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