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Three key Liverpool players are no better than ‘average’, according to former Tottenham star | Football

Rafael van der Vaart has become an outspoken expert in his native Netherlands since retiring from professional football (Photo by ANP Sport via Getty Images)

Former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Rafael van der Vaart says Liverpool players Jordan Henderson, James Milner and Joe Gomez are no better than “average” and believes football fans have become “blind” to flaws in the Reds’ squad .

Jurgen Klopp’s side have started the new season in poor form, winning just two of their first seven games in all competitions and being humiliated 4-1 by Napoli in the opening round of UEFA Champions League games last week, according to coaches Jurgen Klopp had called the worst performance his team had delivered during his tenure.

After Saturday’s Premier League game against Wolves at Anfield was postponed following the death of Queen Elizabeth II, the Reds meet Dutch champions Ajax at home on Tuesday night as they desperately seek to get their European Championship and the whole season back in to get going.

But Van der Vaart, who played 37 times for Ajax in the Champions League, says Liverpool are little more than a “mediocre side”.

“I think we’ve gone a bit blind,” the former Real Madrid playmaker told Ziggo Sport. “We suddenly think Jordan Henderson is a great player. He’s just a very average player. James Milner is also a very average player. Joe Gomez is also a very average player.’

‘Virgil van Dijk is at the highest level, the right-back and left-back are also good. But when things aren’t going well and their attackers aren’t having their day, then I think it’s just a very mediocre team.

Despite crippling the wider squad, Van der Vaart doesn’t expect Ajax to be able to win at Anfield with Liverpool strikers Luis Diaz and Mohamed Salah playing as they can.

“The only thing I’m afraid of at Ajax is if Díaz and Salah have their day then we have a problem. Then Ajax will never win. Certainly not at Anfield, I don’t think central defenders Daley Blind and Devyne Rensch are good enough for that.

A minute’s silence for the Queen precedes Tuesday night’s Champions League games.

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