‘MEDIOCRE’ is criticized by Rafael van der Vaart. James Milner, Joe Gomez, and Jordan Henderson are described as “very normal” by Liverpool… As the former Spurs player asserts that Jurgen Klopp’s team has caused the footballing world to become “a little bit blinded,”
The 39-year-old Van der Vaart has harshly criticized Liverpool, calling them “mediocre.”
Jordan Henderson, Joe Gomez, and James Milner were specifically mentioned by him.

The ex-Ajax player thinks the Reds are overly dependent on their offensive players.

Tuesday night’s game at Anfield pits Liverpool against his old team, Ajax.

Jordan Henderson and Joe Gomez were referred to as "very normal" by Rafael van der Vaart, who called Liverpool "MEDIOCRE."
Jordan Henderson and Joe Gomez were referred to as “very normal” by Rafael van der Vaart, who called Liverpool “MEDIOCRE.”

Prior to their Champions League match against Ajax, Rafael van der Vaart has criticized Liverpool and claimed that they are not as good as the hype surrounding them.

Prior to their match on Tuesday night, the former Ajax midfielder called the Reds “mediocre” and singled out Joe Gomez, James Milner, and Jordan Henderson as being “very normal players.”

Despite Jurgen Klopp’s team winning the Premier League and reaching three Champions League finals in five seasons, Van der Vaart thinks football fans have lost sight of how average Liverpool is.


After Liverpool’s shaky start to the season, Rafael van der Vaart referred to them as “mediocre.” The former Dutch international told Dutch television program Rondo, “I think we have become a bit blinded.” Jordan Henderson is suddenly perceived as a crazy player. That player is just very typical.

James Milner is a very typical player, too. Joe Gomez is a very typical player as well.

The right back and left back are also strong, and Virgil van Dijk is the best. However, if things don’t work out and those attackers don’t have a good day, I believe the team to be very average.

Van der Vaart described Jordan Henderson and James Milner as “normal players.”

Van der Vaart did, however, draw attention to the obvious danger posed by Jurgen Klopp’s dizzying array of attacking options, despite the fact that players like Mo Salah have occasionally struggled this season.

Although the Reds destroyed Bournemouth 9-0 in August, they have had trouble scoring in other games. Even if you disregard the outcome against the Cherries, they have only scored six goals in five Premier League contests.

The Dutch club’s defense will still have to deal with players like Darwin Nunez, Roberto Firmino, and Luis Diaz, who has occasionally led the way for the Reds this season with four goals, even though Salah hasn’t scored in seven Champions League games.

The former Spurs player criticized Joe Gomez for starting the 4-1 defeat in Napoli.

Luis Diaz scored the lone goal for Liverpool against Napoli and has four from eight games so far.

“The only thing I’m afraid of at Ajax,” continued Van der Vaart, “is if Luis Daz and Mohamed Salah do have their day, then we have a problem.”

So Ajax will never triumph. I don’t believe Daley Blind and Devyne Rensch are qualified for that, so definitely not at Anfield.
The Reds have only won three, drawn three more, and lost their seventh game in all competitions last week against Napoli. In contrast, the Dutch champions have started their season unbeaten after six games.

Last time out in the competition, both teams were part of a four-goal thrashing; de Godenzonen destroyed Rangers 4-0 at home while Klopp’s team suffered a shocking 4-1 loss at Napoli.

This season, Mo Salah has had some difficulty; he has not scored in seven Champions League contests.