Richard Keys has taken aim at Jurgen Klopp following Liverpool’s 3-1 loss at Arsenal and thinks the Reds’ intensity has gone due to the manager announcing his departure.


Klopp recently confirmed that he will step down from his role as Liverpool manager at the end of the season.


That was followed by comments from club captain Virgil van Dijk which indicated he has not decided what he will do in the post-Klopp era; he later insisted he is fully committed to Liverpool.




Keys thinks that Liverpool showed a lack of intensity against Arsenal and puts it down to Klopp announcing his exit.


He feels that Klopp could have kept his departure under wraps until the summer and thinks a drop off is now inevitable on the part of the players, and it is something the manager only has himself to blame for.



“The intensity was not there that I have seen previously”, Keys said on beIN SPORTS.


“I’m saying you leave yourself open to that allegation when you perform like that and the coach has gone and made his intent to leave at the end of the season plain.



“Van Dijk looked like he’d already moved.


“Don’t make that announcement public, keep it quiet until the summer. He has brought this upon himself.


“It’s a little bit like being in the office. When the boss goes at 5 o’clock and you’re not due to leave until 6, everything stops.”


Liverpool are next in action against strugglers Burnley at Anfield, a game which is then followed by a return to the capital to face Brentford.