The collapse of Liverpool does not come as a surprise to William van Hanegem. Last season‘s sovereign Premier League champion is already out of chance for title prolongation: De Kromme saw which way it was going early this season.
Van Hanegem notices that the holy fire is no longer there at The Reds. ‘The classic story of a team that has won a lot and is now falling apart because players no longer do it for each other‘, he writes in his column for the Algemeen Dagblad, which has already been published online on Sunday evening. “Something like that starts with little things. In the front, sometimes they stopped giving each other the ball. And Wijnaldum couldn’t get him if he closed from the middle field.”
Van Hanegem has already had contact with the same Wijnaldum. “I saw things go wrong early this season. I also told Georginio Wijnaldum that you are not doing well, ‘says De Kromme, who also points to the loss of leader Virgil van Dijk. The columnist has to deal with manager Jürgen Klopp. ‘He must now say to Liverpool that it is no longer possible, against players with whom he has won everything. And to guys he got himself, like that guy from Bayern Munich, Thiago. Well, good luck…”
Liverpool lost his first three games in February. After defeating Brighton & Hove Albion and leading Manchester City, Leicester City went wrong with Leicester City: the reigning champion stood by 0-1 12 minutes before time, but collapsed and eventually lost 3-1. Manchester City, and still has to go to jail to place themselves for the Champions League.