Rafael van der Vaart slams ‘MEDIOCRE’ Liverpool and calls Jordan Henderson, Joe Gomez and James Milner ‘very normal’… as the former Spurs star claims the footballing world has become ‘a bit blinded’ by Jurgen Klopp’s side 

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  • Van der Vaart, 39, has strongly criticized Liverpool’s labeling of ‘mediocre’
  • He notably sang Jordan Henderson, Joe Gomez and James Milner.
  • Former Ajax player believes the Reds are too dependent on their attackers
  • Liverpool are in action against their former club Ajax at Anfield on Tuesday night

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Rafael van der Vaart has called out Liverpool ahead of their Champions League clash with Ajax – and believes they are not as good as the hype that surrounds them.

The former Ajax midfielder labeled the Reds as ‘mediocre’ before their clash on Tuesday night, and singled out Jordan Henderson, James Milner and Joe Gomez as ‘very normal players’.

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Van der Vaart believes football fans have become ‘blind’ to the average nature of Liverpool’s team, despite Jurgen Klopp’s side reaching three Champions League finals in five seasons and winning the Premier League. Despite.

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Rafael van der Vaart calls Liverpool ‘mediocre’ after poor start to season

Speaking to the Dutch programme, former Dutch international Rondo said: ‘I think we have gone a little blind. We suddenly think Jordan Henderson is a crazy player. He is a very normal player.

‘James Milner is also a very normal player. Joe Gomez is also a fairly normal player.

‘Virgil van Dijk is on top, right back and left back is good too. But if things don’t go well and those attackers don’t have their day, I think it’s a very mediocre team.

James Milner has come under criticism

Van der Vaart believes Jordan Henderson is not a 'crazy player'

James Milner and Jordan Henderson have both been dubbed ‘normal players’ by van der Waarto

However, van der Vaart highlighted the obvious danger presented by Jurgen Klopp’s dazzling array of offensive options, even if the likes of Mo Salah have been misfired several times this season.

The Reds beat Bournemouth 9–0 in August, but otherwise found it difficult to reach the scoresheet. Setting aside that result against the Cherries, he has scored only six goals in five Premier League games.

Salah is goalless in seven in the Champions League, but the Dutch club’s defense will still have to contend with the likes of Darwin Nunez, Roberto Firmino and Luis Diaz, who have led the Reds several times this season with four goals.

Joe Gomez started a 4-1 loss at Napoli and was also criticized by former Spurs man

Joe Gomez started a 4-1 loss at Napoli and was also criticized by former Spurs man

Luis Diaz scored Liverpool's only goal against Napoli and has four goals in eight matches so far

Luis Diaz scored Liverpool’s only goal against Napoli and has scored four goals in eight matches so far

Van der Vaart said: ‘At Ajax I am afraid of only one thing: if Luis Diaz and Mohamed Salah have a day, we have a problem.

‘Then Ajax will never win. Certainly not at Anfield, I don’t think daily blind and divine rain are enough for this.’

Liverpool have won two of their opening seven matches of the season in all competitions, losing two and drawing the other three, while the Dutch champions registered an unbeaten start.

Both sides endured a contrasting opening to their Champions League campaigns as Ajax defeated Rangers 4–0 and Liverpool suffered a 4–1 loss at the hands of Napoli.

Mo Salah has struggled several times this season and has not scored in seven Champions League games

Mo Salah has struggled several times this season and has not scored in seven Champions League games

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