Martin Keown has said that Jurgen Klopp’s brand of football is “crazy” and that it will always leave Liverpool open to making mistakes.
Keown was writing in his column in the Daily Mail after a dramatic night at Anfield that promised to be the dream first leg for Liverpool.
5-0 up with just 10 minutes to play would have been a scoreline even the most optimistic fan wouldn’t have called, but then a mistake from Dejan Lovren and a late penalty gave Roma hope for the second leg next week.
And Lovren came in for stick from Keown too, with the former Arsenal defender saying he had to do much better.
“Jurgen Klopp’s brand of football is so crazy, so relentless that Liverpool are always prone to making the kind of errors that let Roma back into this tie,” Keown wrote.
“The Italians were on the canvas but individual Liverpool mistakes handed them a lifeline.
“Dejan Lovren has to do better to stop Edin Dzeko’s goal. It was a very obvious run from the former Manchester City striker and Lovren had time to sort out his feet, drop off and head the ball away. Instead he was left floundering in mid-air. All of a sudden, the tie is still open.”
Football Insider verdict:
Crazy? Maybe… But ask any fan what they would prefer to watch. A Mourinho 1-0 masterclass or a Klopp spectacular and you’ll get a resounding approval for Klopp’s football. The game last night showed that Liverpool are absolutely electrifying when they hit their beat. The defence might be an issue but is shouldn’t detract from a result that will get everyone’s attention and make neither Bayern or Real Madrid look forward to playing them in the final. Because surely Roma can’t do it again after knocking out Barcelona with a 3-0 second leg scoreline?
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