Hamann: Klopp’s six-year deal was undeserved

Former Liverpool midfielder Dietmar Hamann doesn’t think manager Jurgen Klopp deserved to be given a six-year contract by the club.

Klopp was rewarded with the new deal in July last year, after finishing eighth in the Premier League and reaching the League Cup and Europa League finals.

The Reds looked strong under Klopp at the start of the current campaign, but 2017 has seen them drop to fifth in the league, while also exiting the EFL Cup and FA Cup.

"They won't win anything this year and they may not finish top four," Hamann told The Sunday Times.

He added on the BBC's Match of the Day 2 programme on Sunday: "I found it strange in the summer I've got to say because, if you look at the pure facts, Jurgen Klopp came in and I think he changed the perception in the city and the football club.

"He gave them common sense and he made an impact when he came in, but if you look at the pure facts I don't think the points average has improved dramatically since Brendan Rodgers.

"You get to two finals, you lose two finals. I think they both should and could have won – especially the second one against Sevilla [in the Europa League].

"That would have had a huge impact as they would have been in the Champions League. They have probably made a decision with their heart and not their head by extending the contract by another four years."