Ian Wright has insisted that Liverpool have made progress under Jurgen Klopp despite a mixed start to 2017.
The German coach took over the reins at the Merseyside outfit back in October 2015 after the 18-time English champions made a disappointing start to 2015-16 season under Brendan Rodgers.
Klopp led Liverpool to an eighth-place finish in their first season under the former Borussia Dortmund manager, although the Reds reached the EFL Cup and Europa League final.
The charismatic German manager signed seven players in the summer transfer window, including big-money deals for Sadio Mane and Georginio Wijnaldum to overhaul the squad that he inherited from Rodgers.
Liverpool made a promising start to the 2016-17 campaign but have only managed to record three Premier League victories in the calendar year so far to leave their title hopes in tatters.
The Reds limped to a 2-1 win against promoted side Burnley in the Premier League at Anfield last weekend as fourth-placed Liverpool moved five points clear of their closest rivals Arsenal.
Speaking to BBC’s 606 podcast, Wright launched a defence of Klopp:
“You have progressed because you’re beating the top teams but the teams that are so-called bottom teams – if it was that easy, everyone would be beating them. People make it difficult. The face that Liverpool are finding it harder to break down two banks of four isn’t a surprise.”
Wright added: “Liverpool were patient and in the end, they got a good goal from Emre Can. I think there has been progress at Liverpool and they’re beating teams up in the higher echelons says that. It is his first full season, it is progress.”
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