|Desc||Dietmar Hamann is Former Liverpool and Germany midfielder Hamann, now a pundit with Sky Germany|
|Club as Player||Liverpool FC|
2010 10 15 Retrieve
[Liverpool Legend Dietmar Hamann accuses George Gillett & Tom Hicks Didn’t Treat Fans With Respect] These people made it clear their only interest was financial and I don’t think they ever cared about the club. Obviously, when [former chairman] David Moores sold he was promised a lot of things which they didn’t fulfill. The club can look at people now who are seriously and honestly interested in the club. Not only the business side of it, but the football side which is the most important to followers all over the world. I think these people need to be treated with a lot more respect than they have done in the last few years
2013 10 26 Retrieve
[Didi Hamann on Liverpool’s UEFA Champions League final triumph in 2005] It’s hard to put into words. The most memorable thing was when we came back the next day: there were a million people in the streets of Liverpool, in Everton shirts, in Liverpool shirts, just welcoming us home, people from six months to 100 years old, grown-up people crying in the streets. It was just a very touching and emotional moment because if you experience moments like this once, with a club of that history, it will stay with you forever
2014 07 11 Retrieve
[When Germany’s wobbly win against Algeria came to an end, Mesut Ozil was the player on the receiving end of the most criticism. While his performance was miles away from his best, everyone in the German side struggled] I don’t think the criticism is justified. He got better and better with each game
With him in the team, there’s always a better fluidity and flow to the game; a better rhythm to the game because he’s safe in possession. He may not create as many chances as he would like, but it’s a team game and the team functions well at the moment. It’s all about the balance
You don’t play for Real Madrid and Germany and get so many international caps, if you are not strong mentally
2018 04 09 Retrieve
[Klopp warned by Hamann that ‘Liverpool is about winning’ and he still needs a trophy] There have been changes to a certain extent. They’ve shown consistency. It’s all well and good to say we beat City, Chelsea away. All that matters is where you’re at at end of season. More often than not that’s been disappointing in recent years.
I feel for first time there’s a level of consistency in the team and the club. I think you have something to build on, trophies can be won: League Cups, FA Cup titles, the Champions League.
Liverpool is about winning. [Not] just simply saying, ‘We’re improving, progressing.’ I think team and manager have to win trophies. This is most confident I have been in number of years.
The team’s moving forward, progressing, but to go the last step is always hardest. They’ve had chances, semi-final a few years ago, so I am optimistic and slightly changed my mind [about Klopp] but until he wins trophies I don’t think he can ever say he’s arrived at Liverpool.
[It would take an almighty capitulation to stop Pep Guardiola completing a domestic double after their Carabao Cup success, with Hamann impressed by how quickly he has instilled his philosophy at the Etihad Stadium] I think it surprised me how quickly he got his message through. I didn’t think the football he played at Barcelona or Bayern [Munich] was possible in the Premier League. But if you look at the players he’s bought and had, the improvements they’ve mad; Kevin De Bruyne, Leroy Sane who was good but now top, if you look at Raheem Sterling who has always been a good player but even he is on another level. The way he did it and how quickly, I wasn’t surprised but a lot quicker than I expected.
2018 05 30 Retrieve
[Hamann has ‘limited sympathy’ for flashy Karius following Liverpool horror show] My sympathy with Karius is limited. We don’t have to discuss that he decided the final with his two mistakes. Something like that can happen to a professional footballer. But what I didn’t like was his behaviour afterwards. To publicly show his suffering after the final whistle was just as unnecessary as his tearful asking for forgiveness from the Reds fans.
[Hamann also suggested that Karius may be paying the price for a flashy lifestyle away from the field that he has struggled to justify throughout his time at Liverpool] Liverpool fans forgive their stars just as well as any other, the anthem ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ is part of life out at the club. With one exception: when your ego doesn’t match your performance.
Karius drives through Liverpool with the personalised number plates ‘LK1’ and makes waves in the city whenever he steps out. Having airs like that is something Cristiano Ronaldo, alias CR7, can pull off in Madrid, because he has won the Champions League five times. Someone like Karius has not achieved anything yet in his career and should be happy to have been given the chance by [Jurgen] Klopp at a world-class club.
2019 03 08 Retrieve
[Hamann predicts Liverpool are facing the very real prospect of an early exit from the Champions League at the hands of Bayern Munich] They will feel they are in a decent position after the 0-0 draw at home and with Virgil van Dijk returning – but I still prefer Bayern. The potential loss to injury of Kingsley Coman is a blow for the German side but they are in superb form, unrecognisable from the first couple of months of the season. Their confidence will contrast with the mood at Liverpool and I’ll take Bayern in another tight, low-scoring encounter
Liverpool are definitely running into Bayern at the wrong time with a new belief pulsing through the Bavarian ranks.
It has been a tough first season for Munich boss Niko Kovac. But he has kept his cool, even when fans were calling for his head in the autumn. Fast forward a few months and they are looking unbeatable and favourites to retain their title.
They’ve done all this despite Bayern boasting one of the oldest squads in the Bundesliga but that doesn’t mean it’s the end of an era if they go out.’
Players such as Mats Hummels, Jerome Boateng and Thomas Muller seem to have been around forever and have been axed from the Germany squad by Joachim Low but none of them is more than 30 and they all have a couple of seasons left.
Joshua Kimmich, Leon Goretzka, David Alaba and Kingsley Coman are players you can build a team around, though Kovac will have to be clever in the transfer market.
Bayern are still a European giant – Liverpool are all too aware of that – and they won’t be disappearing without trace any time soons
2019 05 11 Retrieve
[Former Liverpool midfielder Dietmar Hamann believes that Lampard has ‘lost the spygate plot’ in his condemnation of Bielsa, noting that individuals outside the club often watched training when he played for the Merseyside outfit] At Melwood, when I was with Liverpool, there used to be any number of kids standing on bins behind a wall watching us train. How precious do football clubs think they are? Let’s get some perspective, please
2019 10 24 Retrieve
[Hamann unimpressed by Coutinho’s start in Germany] For me, he is a stranger in the team. I cannot remember a good situation [he’s produced] in attack. If you have such a player in the team and he does not show any special moments, then, of course, you get problems because in the defence he only counts as half a player. He has 30 or 35 games left so he has to start sometime [to show good performances]. He is still on loan from Barca until the end of the season.
2020 04 04 Retrieve
[Hamann astonished by Liverpool’s furlough decision during coronavirus pandemic] Astonished by the news that @LFC takes advantage of the furlough scheme to claim 80 per cent of non-playing staff wages back off the government. That’s not what the scheme was designed for. Contrary to the morals and values of the club I got to know
2020 04 07 Retrieve
[Dietmar Hamann says Timo Werner isn’t right for Liverpool or Bayern Munich] I don’t think he’s a player for [Bayern] Munich or Liverpool [with] the way they play at the moment. I read quotes from journalists or people close to the club in Liverpool when he always said Liverpool is a great club [and that] Klopp is the greatest trainer, that he was a bit too forward in showing interest in going to Liverpool. Where’s he going to play? Even if Mane or Salah go, [then] out wide is not his position and the centre-forward position, the way they do play, is probably the most crucial one. Firmino is probably a bit underrated in some people’s eyes. He’s a ball-playing centre-forward, he probably doesn’t get the goals that other players get but he brings other players into position and that’s certainly not Werner’s game, so [it’s] a no from me
I’m really surprised that Hansi Flick is so keen. We’ve seen him in the national team in certain games when he plays out wide he’s not tricky enough. You need trickery, you need to beat a player by shifting your weight. It’s not his game and therefore I’d be very surprised if he were to come to Munich
2020 04 10 Retrieve
[Werner hasn’t pushed for move amid Liverpool links & RB Leipzig remain ‘deeply relaxed’ over his future] I don’t think he’s a player for [Bayern] Munich or Liverpool [with] the way they play at the moment. I read quotes from journalists or people close to the club in Liverpool when he always said Liverpool is a great club [and that] Klopp is the greatest trainer, that he was a bit too forward in showing interest in going to Liverpool. Where’s he going to play? Even if [Sadio] Mane or [Mohamed] Salah go, [then] out wide is not his position and the centre-forward position, the way they do play, is probably the most crucial one. [Roberto] Firmino is probably a bit underrated in some people’s eyes. He’s a ball-playing centre-forward, he probably doesn’t get the goals that other players get. But he brings other players into position and that’s certainly not Werner’s game, so [it’s] a no from me
2020 04 12 Retrieve
[Liverpool’s 2001 team was better than the miracle of Istanbul squad] It was a special time. When I joined in 1999 I think I was one of six or seven players and they were all foreigners so I think Gerard Houllier took a big chance.
We had some great English talent coming through so it was a gamble. Myself and Stephane [Henchoz] played in England already but you never know how long it will take for these players to adapt.
I don’t think anyone expected us that  season to go and win trophies so quickly but it just showed how quickly we gelled and how much talent we really had.
I saw a picture this week on Twitter, that team when we played Barcelona in the UEFA Cup semi-final in 2001, it was a proper team.
I would say it was the best squad I played with in my time. Looking at the strength in depth, it was better than the 2005 team that won the Champions League.
2020 04 17 Retrieve
[Dietmar Hamann says Bayern Munich’s decision to sign Alexander Nubel from Schalke has put Manuel Neuer in a strong position to make contract demand] They may have hired Alexander Nubel a little prematurely. You hear that he was even promised games. I would not extend four years, but Bayern have put themselves in this position. If Neuer should say now: ‘If we don’t extend, I’ll go in the summer’, which is unlikely, then Bayern might face the problem that they have to get another goalkeeper. That is why Neuer is now in a very strong position and he’s trying to take advantage of that.
[The ex-Germany international sees Cologne striker Jhon Cordoba as the ideal long-term replacement for the Polish star, but also feels academy star Joshua Zirkzee is capable of providing cover] For the centre of the attack, Cologne’s Cordoba, Mainz’s [Jean-Philippe] Mateta or their own young talent Zirkzee. And Bremen’s [Milot] Rashica would be a much cheaper option for the wing
2020 04 30 Retrieve
[Dietmar Hamann says the Borussia Dortmund winger Sancho is now sat behind only Kylian Mbappe when it comes to the top-rated talent in Europe] When he first came, he had a bit of a rough start for the first few months, but the last 12 to 18 months, you have to say he’s probably been the best player in the Bundesliga and I’m not surprised there’s huge interest in England to take him back.
We had [Ousmane] Dembele here a few years ago before he went to Barcelona [and he] never really recovered, but I’ve rarely seen a player in the last decade who beats players or defenders purely with skill. He’s in double figures again this season with nine or 10 games to go in assists and in goals.
I’d probably make him the highest valued player. If you look at Mbappe, he might be the only one who’s valued higher than Sancho now. This is how good he’s been.
I think it would be a major act for Dortmund to keep him this summer. I just wonder what they think at Manchester City because they must have seen that he’s got something, otherwise it wouldn’t have been possible for him to perform the way he did over the past 18 months
2020 06 01 Retrieve
[Dietmar Hamann says Kai Havertz would improve Manchester United and any other Premier League suitor] I think a lot of Premier League clubs will be interested in him, he’s a terrific player and there’s not many better around at the moment. If you look at Manchester United, it’s very clear they need new personnel going forward, and I think he’d improve pretty much every team. Liverpool are a bit different with the way they set-up and play, but besides that I think he improves every team. Before the break people were talking about three figures, a hundred-odd million, if that’s a price any club is prepared to pay in the summer, I’m not sure, but the likelihood is he will leave Leverkusen and take on another challenge in the summer
2020 04 30 Retrieve
[Liverpool have been warned off a move for RB Leipzig star Timo Werner] I’m not too sure. They said today in the papers that he doesn’t want to go to Bayern Munich, he’s always expressed how fond he is of Jurgen Klopp, that he maybe wants to join them, but the thing is with Liverpool, you have probably got the best front three in world football. If you play out wide in Liverpool, even though the full-backs like to go on the overlap, Salah and Mane are both very tricky players, they’re very skilful and Timo Werner is not that type of player. His biggest asset by far is his pace. If I watch games now, even at Anfield with Liverpool being so superior to most teams, all the teams sit back and if you deny Werner space, I think he is a lot less effective. His goal record this season is outstanding but they like to play on the counter attack and they’re not really a possession team. I don’t think he has the trickery to play out wide and then if you look at Firmino’s position, I think the way they are set-up you need a player like Firmino is who links things up, he’s not one to go behind the back four, he likes to come short and bring the likes of Mane into play. I just wouldn’t know where to play Werner. I don’t think he’s a wide player, he is a player who is best through the middle, and I just wouldn’t know where he should play. On the other hand, it’s the African Cup of Nations, so Mane and Salah will have to go away, maybe that’s one thing that Liverpool have got in the back of their minds. I’m sure there are players out there who might help Liverpool next season more than Timo Werner
The one player who stands out for me is Kai Havertz from Leverkusen. He’s an exceptional player, he reminds me of a young Michael Ballack. He’s got that air of arrogance in a good way about him. He’s two-footed, he’s tall, he’s good in the air, he’s very versatile. He can play across the front, he can play any position. I think he’s the best player we’ve got in Germany at the moment. There’s talk about Timo Werner going to England, obviously he’s a different player, but Havertz is the one I’d be looking at.
2020 05 19 Retrieve
[Former Bayern midfielder Dietmar Hamann believes that signing Nubel this year was a bad idea] They may have hired Alexander Nubel a little prematurely. You hear that he was even promised games. I would not extend four years, but Bayern have put themselves in this position. If Neuer should say now: ‘If we don’t extend, I’ll go in the summer’, which is unlikely, then Bayern might face the problem that they have to get another goalkeeper. That is why Neuer is now in a very strong position and he’s trying to take advantage of that
2020 06 12 Retrieve
[Dietmar Hamann advices Chelsea then Manchester United] Chelsea and Manchester United are fighting for fourth place [in the Premier League]. If United miss out on the Champions League again, the Red Devils are at risk of falling behind the other clubs. United has lost its appeal in recent years. They have been the measure of things for many years, they are still the largest club in England, but they have major internal problems. If there was a player on the market in the past, Manchester United was the first point of contact for years. I believe that is no longer the case today. When a player like Kai Havertz changes clubs and signs somewhere for five years, the long-term perspective is more important than participating in the Champions League next season. The player may have to make the decision in the next few weeks and cannot wait until the season in England, which runs until the end of July or beginning of August, is over. Perspective is important for a player, but Manchester has been in a vacuum for years. On the other hand, if I look at Chelsea, they have a coach with Frank Lampard who did a great job for the club as a player, and I have the feeling that the Blues are growing again. They had the two-year transfer embargo and, with [Mason] Mount and [Tammy] Abraham, brought back two young players who were on loan. [Andreas] Christensen is an incredibly interesting player. For the first time in a long time, you have a team with which the fans can really identify. If a Timo Werner or possibly a Kai Havertz were to be added, it would be an incredibly exciting and interesting story. If I think about where I see the clubs now and in two or three years, the decision for Chelsea would be a relatively easy one for me as a player
2020 06 14 Retrieve
[Dietmar Hamann says Jadon Sancho will leave Borussia Dortmund this summer] There will continue to be a market for the top players, like Jadon Sancho – he’s just too good to wait another year. I see him going to the Premier League. The most likely option there is Manchester United. It would be nice to see some reason there. Before the Coronavirus crisis, last season, the 20 clubs in the league made a loss of around €670 million. Perhaps smaller transfer fees and less salary will now be paid to players across the board. Investors can dig into their pockets to make up for a deficit. Of course there is an absurdly high TV income in England, but the investors give the clubs completely new opportunities. That is why the idea of solidarity in the clubs is also different. In the Bundesliga, players have waived their salary so that no one had to be fired in the offices. In England, the 20 captains got together and donated some of their salary to the NHS
Their lead in the table is too big. They’re playing in their own league this season. The question is not whether Liverpool will be champion, but when. The only pity is that there will be no celebrations with fans who have been waiting for the title for so long
2020 06 28 Retrieve
[Klopp has knocked Man United off their perch!] When I was a player, the club everyone wanted to join was Manchester United. You knew that signing for United guaranteed you winners’ medals. They were the biggest club, the club that everyone inside and outside England spoke about. Since Sir Alex Ferguson retired, United have suffered on the pitch. And with perfect timing, Jurgen Klopp has come in and made Liverpool the club everyone wants to join. In that respect, he has knocked United off their perch. I am not sure Liverpool will dominate the Premier League like United did – because Manchester City and Pep Guardiola will have something to say about that. But Liverpool are five years ahead of United – and London’s big clubs are even further behind. Klopp has four years left on his contract – and by the time that is up he will want to get past United’s 20 titles and also win the Champions League again
2020 06 28b Retrieve
[Klopp is now the best manager in football] Jurgen has to now be recognised as the best manager in football. Pep Guardiola is an exceptional coach, but when he went into Man City he took over a club that was already winning titles and cups. Of course, what he has done at City in the last three seasons has to be recognised, but Klopp took over a club that had won one League Cup in 10 years and he has built a team virtually from scratch. That’s why his achievements are incomparable. Klopp is the first Liverpool manager to win the Premier League and the first German to win it. When you compare the squad to the one he inherited, he has virtually changed it completely – with a net spend of about £50 million.
When you look at the resources other managers have had, it makes his achievements even more spectacular. He’s got an incredible forward line with Mo Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino. He’s developed probably the two best full-backs in the world in [Trent] Alexander-Arnold and [Andrew] Robertson. Buying Virgil Van Dijk was a bargain even at £75m because Liverpool’s problems over the last 30 years have been caused by defensive vulnerability.
A great team must avoid two things. The first is complacency, but even with a 25-point lead at the top there was never a sense of taking it easy. The second is a fighting spirit, and this Liverpool team never lies down. That is all down to Jurgen Klopp. He has built a team of brothers who refuse to let each other down.
I’m a believer that the very best teams are the ones that bounce back from big disappointments – and that has been a mark of this Liverpool team. Like last year when they got 97 points and lost the title by a point. To then win the Champions League and follow that up by winning the league for the first time in 30 years is phenomenal. I remember when Jurgen first arrived at Anfield and he said his job was to turn doubters into believers. He hasn’t just changed the mindset of the players, he has altered the attitude on an entire city and fanbase. Klopp has given the fans a realisation that a season only matters after 38 games. He won’t rest on this. He will look to build from a position of strength. I can see him bringing in two or three top-class signings to keep the squad hungry
2020 07 08 Retrieve
[Kai Havertz: Chelsea favourites to sign Bayer Leverkusen midfielder] A lot of Premier League clubs will be interested in Havertz, he’s a terrific player and there’s not many better around at the moment. If you look at Manchester United, it’s very clear they need new personnel going forward, and I think he’d improve pretty much every team. Liverpool are a bit different with the way they set-up and play, but besides that he improves every team. Before the break people were talking about three figures, a hundred-odd million, if that’s a price any club is prepared to pay in the summer, I’m not sure, but the likelihood is he will leave Leverkusen and take on another challenge in the summer.