Gabriel Agbonlahor takes aim at Jurgen Klopp

Gabriel Agbonlahor takes a swipe at Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp following Nottingham Forest reversal

Former Aston Villa striker and now pundit Gabriel Agbonlahor has taken advantage of Liverpool’s defeat to Nottingham Forest to launch a salvo at Jurgen Klopp.

The Reds were devoid of intensity and imagination against the Premier League newcomers and fell to a shock 1-0 defeat at the City Ground on Saturday. It largely put an end to the momentum that was built up following the 1-0 win over Manchester City last week.

Liverpool are yet to win away from home in the Premier League this season and Agbonlahor was quick to point it out. He mocked Klopp’s ability to get the best out of his side away from Anfield. The Englishman appears to have a bias and it was on show on talkSPORT’s Gameday Phone-In (h/t Tribal Football)

“Mr Mentality Monster, Jurgen, five games away from home without a win this season – can he only get them up for home games at a full Anfield?”

Jurgen Klopp faces a massive rebuild at Liverpool. (Photo by Paul Ellis/ AFP/Getty Images)

The Reds’ performance certainly left much to be desired. The 2022-23 season has been poor as per the club’s standards and the sooner they get their act together, the better they can finish the campaign.

“Can he not get his ‘mentality monster’ team up for away games? Because today was shocking from Liverpool”

There is no love lost between Agbonlahor and Klopp and the duo have traded words in the past. The former does not appear to let any issue slide and has taken full advantage of the defeat last weekend to make his point.

While Liverpool certainly needs to improve, to dismiss them at this stage would be foolhardy. The Reds are still alive and kicking in all the cup competitions with much of the season still to play.

The likes of Mohamed Salah will get themselves a breather thanks to the World Cup, leaving them fresher for the business end of the season. With Diogo Jota and Luis Diaz set to return from injury, Klopp could be primed to unleash his side following the showpiece event in Qatar.

Football has its ups and downs and Liverpool are currently going through a poor patch of results. Klopp has shown he has the ability to turn things around and is now laying the foundations for a rebuild. Despite hiccups along the way, there are few better managers in world football to get the job done on Merseyside.

It would seem poor on Agbonlahor’s part to mock a side that has won all available major honours over the last few years. His words are in stark contrast to that of Pep Guardiola, a man better placed to judge the Reds and their struggles.

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