Alan Shearer: Why Liverpool FC have not made progress under Jurgen Klopp

Alan Shearer delivers a damning verdict on Liverpool FC under Jurgen Klopp this season

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp Photo: New Balance

Alan Shearer believes that Jurgen Klopp’s failure to address Liverpool’s defensive frailties means that the Reds have not made much progress under the German coach.

Klopp was brought in as Brendan Rodgers’ permanent successor back in October 2015 after the Merseyside outfit opted to sack the Northern Irishman.

The German manager led Liverpool to a top-four finish in his second season in charge at Anfield last term as the Reds secured a return to the group stage of the Champions League this season.

Liverpool have earned plenty of praise for their free-flowing attacking football under Klopp but the Reds have still struggled at the back this season.

Klopp watched his side be held to a frustrating 1-1 draw by Burnley at Anfield last weekend as they failed to respond to their 5-0 thrashing at the hands of Manchester City earlier in the month.

And England legend Shearer reckons that there has not been much improvement at Liverpool since Klopp took over around two years ago.

Writing in his column for the Sun, Shearer said: “Yes, he got them back into the Champions League with last season’s fourth place, which will have bought him plenty of boardroom bonus points.

“The truth, however, is that Liverpool are no different under boss Klopp than they were under Brendan Rodgers.

“Brilliant going forward but not so clever at the back.”

Liverpool return to Premier League action this weekend when they take on Leicester City at the King Power Stadium.

The Reds will be aiming to return to winning ways after dropping points in their last two top flight games.

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