Phil Thompson questions why Jurgen Klopp didn’t address Liverpool FC weakness sooner
The Liverpool FC legend believes Jurgen Klopp should have improved some areas of his squad sooner
Phil Thompson believes Jurgen Klopp’s failure to address Liverpool FC’s clear weaknesses quicker is a blotch on his Anfield record.
The Reds have made a brilliant start to the Premier League season to keep pace with Manchester City in the title race despite pundits such as Robbie Savage writing off Klopp’s side.
Liverpool FC managed to hoist themselves to the top of the Premier League table following the 16th round of fixtures after the Reds were 4-0 winners against Bournemouth at Vitality Stadium.
Chelsea FC did their title rivals a massive favour after Maurizio Sarri’s became the first Premier League team to beat Manchester City this season after last weekend’s 2-0 win at Stamford Bridge.
Liverpool FC will start the next set of Premier League fixtures a point ahead of Manchester City, but the Reds will face tricky opponents in the shape of Manchester United.
The Reds have only conceded seven times in the Premier League this season, which is two less than Manchester City.
Klopp’s decision to spend £130m on Brazil number one Alisson Becker and Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk
in the past 12 months has paid dividends.
Former Liverpool FC defender Thompson believes Klopp made a mistake taking so long to address key areas of weakness in the Reds team since becoming their manager in October 2015.
“With Klopp, the obvious minus is the lack of silverware and he has been beaten in too many finals,” Thompson told Sky Sports.
“He also maybe failed to improve his defence and goalkeeper quickly enough, although with the ‘keeper, it was a case of what goalkeeper was available before he signed Alisson. He also waited it out to sign Virgil van Dijk, which has already proved to be the right move, so that would be a mitigating circumstance for that.”
However, Thompson does give Klopp credit for improving the Liverpool FC attack with some shrewd purchases, including Mohamed Salah in a £39m deal.
“The major plus is that Liverpool are being talked about all around Europe now after last season when they were probably the best attacking team on the continent, so putting that side together was a great achievement for Klopp,” Thompson added.
“Plucking Salah out for what seemed a big fee now seems like a bargain and he has made quite a few brilliant signings.”