Stan Collymore predicts where Liverpool will finish this season
The former Liverpool striker doesn't expect Jurgen Klopp's side to win the Premier League title this season
Stan Collymore has ruled out Liverpool winning the Premier League title this season.
The Reds have made a promising start to the 2017-18 season following a return of two victories and one stalemate in their opening three games.
Liverpool dropped points in their Premier League opener at Vicarage Road after Watford scored an added-time equaliser to rescue a 3-3 draw.
However, the Reds were 1-0 winners against Crystal Palace at Anfield earlier this month thanks to Sadio Mane’s winner.
Liverpool were rampant in their first top-six clash of the new campaign after the Merseyside outfit eased to a 4-0 victory over Arsenal at Anfield last weekend.
Jurgen Klopp’s side have hoisted themselves into second place in the table thanks to eight goals in their opening three top-flight outings.
The club’s big-name summer signing Mohamed Salah has effortlessly slotted into the Liverpool team to help the Reds cope without Philippe Coutinho.
Former Liverpool striker Collymore doesn’t believe the Reds can challenge for the Premier League title until Klopp improves their defence.
“Until Jurgen Klopp addresses the defensive frailties his side so clearly have – and maybe goes to three central defenders instead of two – then they cannot and will not win the League,” Collymore told The People, as quoted by the Daily Expess.
“Over the course of the season Liverpool, like every other team, will have a poor spell when they’re off the boil in front of goal.
“And when that period comes, even if it’s only for three or four games, then you can pretty much guarantee they will concede a goal and lose 1-0 against a Burnley, West Brom or Crystal Palace.
“Those are the sort of results that have proved so costly in recent seasons – and they will be costly again.”
Liverpool finished in fourth place in the Premier League in their first full season under Klopp last term.
The Reds will make the trip to Manchester City in their next game at The Etihad on Saturday 9 September.