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Harry Redknapp Jealous Klopp was Praised for Telling Players to “Run About”

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Once slated for telling his players to just run about a bit, now it’s Harry Redknapp’s turn to get some back.

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Harry Redknapp has never been much a fan of Liverpool or its managers, and the former Tottenham boss today has taken the opportunity to launch himself into Jürgen Klopp with a passion. For Liverpool fans, at least, it’s one more reason to dislike Redknapp in return.

“Everyone got carried away with Jürgen Klopp’s appointment, but Liverpool are no better off than they were two years ago,” he said. “They were at their best in 2013-14 with Raheem Sterling, Luis Suarez, and Daniel Sturridge scoring goals for fun under Brendan Rodgers.”

Along with criticising the performance of Lucas against Leicester, Redknapp called Joël Matip and both of Liverpool’s goalkeepers not up to the task and said the attack, while dangerous at times, is made up of players far too easy to knock off their games.

“The way you play against them is so basic,” he said. “The manager of a team over at Hackney Marshes would say the same thing, ‘Go steaming into ‘em, lads.’ It’s nothing clever. That’s exactly what Leicester did. Mané was on the end of a bad tackle [and] he disappeared for the rest of the game.”

The manager who was once criticised for telling players to just run around a little bit went on to say any success Klopp has had—at Anfield or elsewhere—amounted to doing little more. Perhaps, then, it’s simply he’s jealous believing Klopp received praise for something he was slated for.

“After his first game away at Tottenham,” he added. “Everyone said, ‘Look at the difference in the work rate, look at how they press the ball’ like it was the first time anyone had ever told a group of players to run about.”