Former Liverpool captain and legend Steven Gerrard has said that if Liverpool doesn’t qualify in the top 4 this season there would be huge questions raised over German manager Jurgen Klopp’s future at the Merseyside club.
Liverpool was dumped out of the FA Cup in January after a 3-2 loss at the hands of West Bromwich Albion at Anfield, which ended their only real chance of silverware this season. Klopp’s Reds currently sit third in the Premier League, level on points with Chelsea and three points behind 2nd placed Manchester United.
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And despite Liverpool’s attack getting the goals on a regular basis, the defense has been a huge area of concern since Klopp took control of the reigns in October 2016. However, Gerrard believes that a top 4 finish this season is the first priority this season or else the 50-year-old manager may come under intense pressure about which direction the club is heading toward.
Klopp has already broken the bank to sign Virgil Van Dijk from Southampton, who became the most expensive defender ever, but Liverpool has still conceded four goals in their previous two games, even with the Dutch centre-back on the pitch.
Gerrard Speaks About Klopp’s Future
On BT Sport, the 37-year-old was quoted saying, “I think it [a top-four finish] the minimum acceptable in terms of what’s been spent and the players he’s got, I think there would be big questions asked if they finished outside the top four.
“I think it’s satisfactory, whether that’s good enough, as a Liverpool ex-player and a fan, I think you’re always searching for more. You want to do better and have longer runs in the cup competitions” added the former England skipper.
Liverpool is still in Europe’s most elite competition, a trophy they have won 5 times as they now face FC Porto in the Round of 16. The Reds also host Tottenham Hotspurs this Sunday as both sides fight for a top 4 spot in the League.
Realistically speaking, Klopp has not done a great job with Liverpool yet, they are still a shambles in defense and if he continues to overlook these back-line issues, Liverpool may never be able to win a title under his management.
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