Martin Keown: Jurgen Klopp is nowhere near finding Liverpool balance

The former Arsenal defender believes Jurgen Klopp has work to do to get his Liverpool machine right

Jurgen Klopp has work to do to get his Liverpool machine right, according to Martin Keown.

The Reds manager took over the reins at the Merseyside outfit back in October 2015 and led Liverpool to an eighth-place finish in his first season in charge.

Klopp’s side looked like being genuine title contenders this term after impressive wins against Chelsea, Manchester City and Arsenal in the opening half of the 2016-17 campaign.

However, Liverpool have failed to win a game in 2017 so far after successive stalemates on the road at Sunderland and Manchester United before a 3-2 loss to Swansea City in Saturday’s early kick-off.

Speaking to BT Sport’s Score show on Saturday afternoon, former Arsenal defender Keown believes momentum is key for Klopp and his Liverpool players.

“They’re not quite good enough at the moment. It’s as simple as that. Jurgen Klopp is taking time to get his Liverpool machine as he wants it and they’re not anywhere near it,” Keown said.

“He’s a momentum manager. They’ve got two cup games coming up before they face Chelsea.”

Liverpool signed seven players in the summer transfer window after their eighth-place finish in the 2015-16 campaign.

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The Reds will host Premier League leaders Chelsea in their next top-flight fixture at Anfield on Tuesday 31 January.

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