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John Giles Believes Liverpool Are No Longer A "Big Club"

John Giles Believes Liverpool Are No Longer A "Big Club"
Arthur James O'Dea
By Arthur James O'Dea
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John Giles has never been shy in relaying his thoughts on Liverpool's Jurgen Klopp.

Previously describing him as an "idiot" for his unfavourable behaviour with the media, the former Leeds United man has also labelled the German a "clown" for his sideline antics.

Well, the former RTÉ pundit is risking the wrath of a whole swathe of Liverpool supporters with his recent comments on the club at large.


Speaking on Off The Ball this evening, Giles believes that in light of their decision to sell Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona last week, Liverpool have confirmed that they are no longer a "big club":

It proves they're not a big club in world football. I think they should have brought van Dijk and kept Coutinho.

A view that many Liverpool fans will undoubtedly agree with (the second part, anyway), Giles was similarly keen to speculate how transparent the Liverpool hierarchy had really been in the orchestration of this record-breaking transfer:

In the summer, [apparently] no money was going to buy him, and I think that there was a deal done in the summer that he was going to go at Christmas.

I think it was all staged that particular transfer, and if I was a Liverpool supporter I would be very, very disappointed with it.

While there is no doubt that the Brazilian was keen to make the move to Spain as soon as Barcelona made their interest public, the suggestion that Liverpool's resistance to Barcelona's advances were feigned is one many within that club are likely to refute.

Comparing the transfer to Cristiano Ronaldo's record-breaking move from Manchester United to Real Madrid in 2009, Giles believes that in holding Ronaldo for an extra year, United demonstrated their authority; something Liverpool now lack according to Giles.


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