Paul Merson rates Jurgen Klopp’s impact at Liverpool FC
The Arsenal legend isn't overly impressed with Jurgen Klopp's impact at Liverpool FC
Paul Merson admits he has been overly impressed with Jurgen Klopp’s impact at Liverpool FC.
The Reds appointed Klopp as their new manager in October 2015 following the dismissal of Brendan Rodgers.
Liverpool FC have failed to win a trophy under the German coach, although the Reds lost to Manchester City and Sevilla in the League Cup and Europa League finals.
Klopp led the Merseyside outfit to a top-four finish in his first full season in charge of the Anfield outfit to secure their return to the Champions League.
Liverpool FC are currently in third place in the table and on course to finish in the Champions League qualification spots for the second successive season.
Klopp signed Virgil van Dijk in a club record £75m deal from Premier League rivals Southampton in the January transfer window to bolster their defensive options.
However, Arsenal legend Merson admitted that he still has some concerns about Klopp and the German wouldn’t be his first choice to take charge of the Gunners.
“I like Klopp. He comes across as a really good guy,” Merson told Sky Sports.
“However, you look at his team and you take away from his front three and Virgil van Dijk and I don’t know how many of those other players would get in another top-six-side. He’s been there a few seasons now and the majority of his signings have been fairly average.”
Liverpool FC were 5-0 winners against Porto in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 clash in Portugal earlier this month.
The Reds will welcome Porto to Anfield in the return leg on Tuesday 6 March.