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Liverpool’s reported left-wing target criticises boss: ‘He has not been good for me’

Reportedly a January target for Liverpool, Hamburg's on-loan winger Ola John has been speaking about his current situation.

Liverpool have been linked with a number of left-sided players in recent months.

Most recently, Nicolas Gaitan was said to be interesting Brendan Rodgers. But back in January, before a late move for Yevhen Konoplyanka came to nothing, the Reds were reportedly interested in Benfica’s Ola John.

The 21-year-old Dutch winger had rarely been used by his Portuguese club this season, and having reportedly been told he was free to leave the club, Rodgers was tipped to make his move.

Instead, John moved on loan to Hamburg, but after four appearances without a goal or an assist, the Bundesliga side’s sporting director Oliver Kreuzer was quoted by A Bola as saying the following:

We expected much more from Ola John, he has given very little.”

Well now the player himself has spoken out following that criticism with some tough words of his own.

John made all his appearances to date under former Hamburg boss Bert van Marwijk, who was sacked mid-February and replaced by Mirko Slomka.

And reflecting on that situation, John is quoted by O Jogo as saying, “For me it was very painful the departure of Bert van Marwijk. It was he who wanted me in the winter market and I am very sorry that he was fired shortly after.

“Mirko Slomka, the new coach, has not been good for me. For a young player like me it is a difficult situation. We need a hand on our shoulder, someone to talk to us. And this trainer never did.”

The one-time Reds target does however hope he can turn his form around.

“I just need to make sure I continue to train, work hard and wait for my opportunity,” he said.

image: © Nick Sarebi

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