Pundit makes overachieving claim about Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool
Martin Keown looks at Liverpool's start to the campaign under Jurgen Klopp
Jurgen Klopp overachieved with the Liverpool players at his disposal in the first half of the 2016-17 Premier League campaign, according to Martin Keown.
Liverpool ended 2016 on a high note after the Merseyside outfit were 1-0 winners against title rivals Manchester City in their final game of the calendar year at Anfield to underline their status as genuine title contenders.
The 18-time English champions cemented their second-place spot thanks to their close-fought win against Pep Guardiola’s side following Georginio Wijnaldum’s first-half winner.
However, Liverpool have only managed to record one win in their eight games this year so far, easing to a 1-0 win against League Two side Plymouth Argyle at the second attempt in their FA Cup third-round replay.
Speaking to BT Sport’s FA Cup Tonight show, former Arsenal and England defender Keown attempted to explain what has gone wrong for Klopp in the second half of the season after superb start to the 2016-17 campaign.
“I think when they got to the halfway point of the season, you’d have to say Jurgen Klopp is overachieving with those players at his disposal,” Keown said.
“He taught us that the thing he is most interested in is pressing and winning the ball high up the pitch. He is saying as winning that back is the best attacking play as having the best No10 in football. When they’ve been presented the ball, they didn’t have means to break them down.”
Liverpool will host Chelsea on Tuesday night.