Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp has praised goalkeeping coach John Achterberg after suggestions were made that the Dutchman is failing in his role at the club.
While the news that the Reds had signed Alisson Becker from AS Roma was met with overwhelming relief and joy, many fans on social media have expressed their disdain at the fact that John Achterberg is still a Liverpool employee.
The retired Dutch footballer has been at the club since 2009 and has coached the likes of Pepe Reina, Alexander Doni, Peter Gulacsi, Brad Jones, Simon Mignolet, Adam Bogdan, Danny Ward and Karius.
All of these goalkeepers have either regressed under his eye or left and improved hugely and this can surely only be interpreted as a reflection on Achterberg’s suitability for the role at Liverpool.
“First of all, John is a goalkeeper maniac. He’s working constantly,” Klopp told the Liverpool Echo. “It’s so easy. All the people in the pubs think they know and understand football 100%.
“But if you asked them: ‘What does a goalkeeper do?’ They couldn’t say more than ‘catch balls’. They have no clue about goalkeeper techniques and all that stuff.
“John is the first in the building and the last to leave. No matter how early I get into Melwood, I get up the stairs and he’s already there – sat there with the laptop open watching goalkeepers from the other end of the world.
“He’s constantly in there developing, changing training programmes, working with the boys. For me, he’s a fantastic goalkeeper coach. There’s not any reason for criticism. He’s also a fantastic lad.”