Jurgen Klopp bluntly told Liverpool FC aren’t close to title challenge

Arsenal legend Charlie Nicholas criticises Jurgen Klopp for failing to transform Liverpool FC into title challengers

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Liverpool FC aren’t close to winning the Premier League title under Jurgen Klopp, according to Charlie Nicholas.

The Reds boss led Liverpool FC to a fourth-place finish in his first full season in charge of the Merseyside outfit.

Liverpool FC secured a return to the Champions League but failed to address their defensive problems in the 2017 summer transfer window.

Klopp paid the price for failing to get a deal over the line for Virgil van Dijk with their leaky defence costing the Reds significance points in the first half of the 2017-18 season.

The Reds got a club record £75m deal for Southampton captain Van Dijk over the line in January to finally improve their back four.

Liverpool FC are in third place and on course to secure successive top-four finishes but the Reds are 18 points adrift of runaway leaders Manchester City.

Former Arsenal midfielder Nicholas was critical of Klopp’s failure to transform Liverpool FC into title challengers.

“He’d be pushing for the top two if Liverpool were closer to the title but he’s not even been close,” Nicholas told Sky Sports.

“What Klopp has is a fantastic attacking style of play and he’s a fantastic character, dynamic and in your face with his commitment on the side.”

Klopp took over the reins at Liverpool FC from Northern Irishman Brendan Rodgers back in October 2015.

The Reds lost to Manchester City and Sevilla in the League Cup and Europa League finals in 2016.

Liverpool FC were 5-0 winners at Porto in the first leg of the Champions League last-16 clash in Portugal earlier this month.

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