According to former Newcastle legend and current football pundit Alan Shearer, Liverpool have not improved under manager Jurgen Klopp. Shearer believes the Reds are no better with the German in charge than they were when Brendan Rodgers was at the helm of the Anfield club.
Liverpool slipped to eighth in the Premier League after a 1-1 draw at the weekend with Burnley. The Reds’ defending was at the heart of Liverpool’s problems once more as the team’s leaky defence gave up its ninth goal of the 2017-18 season.
Shearer claims that Liverpool’s fourth place finish at the end of last term has convinced the club and supporters they are better off than they actually are in reality.
Shearer writes a column for the Sun, and penned this about Liverpool:
“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 fans will point to the fact that Rodgers was able to call upon the services of striker Luis Suarez during his first two seasons at Anfield. In Rodgers’ second season, Suarez was voted Player of the Year after scoring 31 goals in 33 Premier League games. Without the Uruguayan, the wheels began to come off for Rodgers, and he was sacked in October 2015 after just one win in nine games. Fans of Klopp will cite the team’s lack of a world-class striker during Klopp’s tenure.
Although Shearer was critical of Klopp and the team’s defence, he was not so talkative about the team’s attack, which has record nine goals this term.