Jamie Carragher: What would represent failure for Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool

The former Liverpool defender discusses what would represent a disappointing season for Jurgen Klopp

Jamie Carragher believes Jurgen Klopp would be facing a disappointing season if Liverpool miss out on Champions League qualification this term.

The Merseyside outfit crashed out of the EFL Cup on Wednesday night after Shane Long’s late winner secured a 1-0 victory over Liverpool at Anfield.

Liverpool have only managed to win one game in 2017 so far after a run of three draws and three defeats to prompt criticism of Klopp.

The 18-time English champions are in fourth place in the Premier League table and 10 points adrift of leaders Chelsea with 16 games to play.

Liverpool will host Antonio Conte’s side at Anfield in their next Premier League fixture on Tuesday night in search of a first top-flight win this year.

Speaking to talkSPORT after Liverpool’s disappointing EFL Cup exit, Carragher discussed what would represent a failure for Klopp this season.

“Yes, but not just Klopp, the club as well.

“At the start of the season I thought they’d get top four, but only because they had no European football, not because they’re one of the top four best sides in the Premier League.

“If you look at the top six sides, you’d probably put Liverpool in sixth in terms of squad numbers and quality.”

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Ex-Borussia Dortmund manager Klopp took over the reins from Northern Irish coach Brendan Rodgers back in October 2015 after a disappointing 2015-16 campaign.

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