Liverpool FC told Jurgen Klopp still the ‘perfect’ manager despite slump

Former Liverpool FC chief executive Christian Purslow defends Jurgen Klopp's record at Anfield so far

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp Photo: The Sport Review

Jurgen Klopp is still the right manager for Liverpool, according to the club’s former chief executive Christian Purslow.

The Merseyside outfit have endured a tough run of results over the past month or so following a return of one win in their last seven games in all competitions.

Liverpool’s only victory came in a 3-2 win at Leicester City as the Merseyside outfit slumped to a 5-0 loss at Manchester City before stalemates with Burnley and Newcastle United.

Klopp was appointed as Brendan Rodgers’ successor in October 2015 and was tasked with improving Liverpool’s defence but the Reds have already conceded 12 times in seven games this term.

Liverpool finished in second place in 2013-14 under Klopp’s predecessor, but the former Borussia Dortmund coach has only managed to lead the Reds to fourth place over the past two seasons.

Former chief executive Purslow believes Klopp is still “perfect” for the Merseyside outfit despite Liverpool’s well-documented struggles over the past month or so.

“There are revenue differences between Manchester United and Liverpool,” Purslow told Sky Sports. “Liverpool’s are still superb but they are a fraction of Manchester United.

“And yet the Liverpool manager is expected to compete with United and beat them, exactly as Klopp did – winning two league titles in Germany against Bayern Munich with a fraction of their spending.

“He is perfect for Liverpool. It is an innately difficult project, to compete with less money.

“I think most Liverpool fans would feel that the team began under Brendan Rodgers with a very new, highly attacking, attractive way of football.

“There were question marks about them defensively and Jurgen hasn’t addressed those completely but, in my opinion, the owners know exactly what the job description is. He is the right man for the job and that’s going to take five years, not two years.”

Liverpool signed four players in the summer transfer window in a bid to prepare their squad for the rigours of the Champions League and the Premier League this term.

The Reds will host Manchester United in their next Premier League game at Anfield on Saturday afternoon.

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