Danny Murphy questions Liverpool’s title challenge under Jurgen Klopp
The former Liverpool midfielder questions the Reds' high-octane style of play under Jurgen Klopp
Danny Murphy believes Liverpool’s energetic style of football could catch up with Jurgen Klopp’s men in the Premier League title race.
The Merseyside outfit have made an impressive start to the 2016-17 Premier League campaign after Klopp signed seven players in the summer transfer window following their eighth-place finish last term.
Liverpool lost two Premier League games in their opening 14 fixtures following a 2-0 defeat by promoted side Burnley in their second outing of the campaign before a 4-3 loss to Bournemouth in their most-recent away game.
The Reds have covered more ground in the Premier League than any of their rivals in their 2016-17 campaign to help Klopp’s side challenge Arsenal and Chelsea for the top-flight crown.
However, former Liverpool midfielder Murphy has suggested that Klopp’s high-octane style of football could hamper the Merseyside outfit, particularly in the second half of their Premier League games.
“I’m not convinced you can do that for 90 minutes every game. Liverpool’s stats in the second half of games last season was much poorer in their first half,” Murphy told BBC One’s Football Focus show.
“I’m pretty convinced it’s because of how he asks them to play. You need XI really fit guys if you’re going to ask your players to play that tempo.”
Liverpool appointed Klopp as Brendan Rodgers’ successor in October 2015 after the German coach stood down as Borussia Dortmund manager at the end of the 2014-15 season.