Jurgen Klopp has rubbed salt into a gaping David Moyes wound with comments on a transfer Liverpool beat West Ham to.
When the January transfer window came around both West Ham and Liverpool had so much to play for in the second half of the season.
West Ham and Liverpool are competing at different levels on the pitch. Although West Ham are doing a lot to try and close that gap over the last two years.
In the January window, though, West Ham and Liverpool were very much competing off the pitch.
Hammers fans were furious at the club’s failure to add to the squad in January.
In a bid to appease supporters, Moyes revealed last month that he tried his best and that he thought he had brilliant attacker Luis Diaz signed only for Liverpool to swoop in at the last minute.
“We were quite far down the line to sign him from Porto,’ the West Ham manager told reporters after the window closed (The Daily Mail).
“My understanding is Liverpool were going to come in for him in the summer, and I was going to try to get him in January.
“I don’t know if us trying to get him in January affected Liverpool’s decision but he’s a really good player. I really hoped that he was going to choose West Ham. We didn’t get him in but our ambition to sign the best players to improve West Ham is good. I want to make us better and I don’t want it to be mediocre if I can help it.”
Since Liverpool have won the Carabao Cup and are in the semi-finals of the FA Cup, the quarter-finals of the Champions League and have breathed new life into their Premier League title bid.
West Ham meanwhile have seen injuries to key players like Jarrod Bowen and a loss of form in their only striker Michail Antonio cost them dear in the FA Cup while dreams of the top four have faded.
The Hammers are dreaming of Europa League glory after a famous win over Sevilla. But Moyes is sweating on the return of Bowen for a quarter-final against Lyon.
Imagine then for a moment if Moyes had got Diaz through the door at West Ham.
Jurgen Klopp rubs salt in gaping David Moyes wound with comments on transfer Liverpool beat West Ham to
Well now Klopp has rubbed salt in that particular gaping Moyes wound with comments on the transfer Liverpool beat West Ham to.
And the big German says Diaz has worked a ‘miracle’ by adapting and being so influential already after choosing Liverpool over West Ham in January (Sky Sports).
“You don’t expect miracles immediately from these kind of players,” Klopp told Sky Sports.
“But he is not far away from doing exactly that. Long may it continue.
“Every coach would say the same about a January signing. You do it, but if you could, you would do it in the summer.
“Yes, the start has been really good. But he is a long-term project for us and we are a long-term project for him.
“There is loads more to come.”
Watching Diaz play for well for Liverpool and hearing these comments from Klopp must be like a dagger to the heart for Moyes and West Ham.
If only the Hammers had somehow got that deal done, Diaz would have lifted West Ham’s game to a whole new level.
Instead Moyes must muddle through with what we have – which is not much outside the starting XI as evidenced on several occasions this season not least the 3-1 defeat to Spurs last time out.
If this is the kind of player Moyes is targeting, though, hopes should be high for West Ham’s summer rebuild.