Klopp told to be stern to fix major Liverpool problems as pundit cites failing that cannot be repeated

Jurgen Klopp, Liverpool, October 2022 Credit: Alamy
Jurgen Klopp, Liverpool, October 2022 Credit: Alamy

Graeme Souness has told Jurgen Klopp to put the Liverpool board “under pressure” to spend money in order to solve problems that the Reds currently face.

Liverpool are encountering some big problems this season. They have not performed near to the standards they have set for themselves over the past few seasons.

Indeed, the Reds currently find themselves ninth in the Premier League table. Brighton and newly-promoted Fulham fill the two spots ahead of them.

Liverpool have endured some bad results so far this campaign. They suffered shock losses to Nottingham Forest and Leeds United in October.

Many of the players that are expected to perform have not been up to scratch. Trent Alexander-Arnold has copped some criticism for his form this season.

The right-back has admitted something is “not going right” in the Reds squad this season.

Klopp’s side spent around £80million in the summer. However, the additions that were made do not seem to have had had the desired effect as yet.

Marquee signing Darwin Nunez – bought for £72million – has scored six goals in 14 games, after having bagged 32 in 38 last season for Benfica.

Loanee Arthur Melo has stepped foot onto the pitch just once for the first-team this season, before sustaining an injury.

Klopp needs to make demands

Former Liverpool man Souness feels Klopp should be able to make some demands to get the squad up to standard. He also cited a major failing from the summer which highlighted the club’s poor recruitment.

“I find it hard given that Jurgen has had such a fantastic period at Liverpool that he can now make demands on the owners to say that ‘I want this’ and ‘I want that’,” he said on talkSPORT.

“I think that they have to listen to him.

“Taking Arthur Melo when he took him shows that he quickly realised that he didn’t have enough in midfield and it’s not rocket science to look at the age of your team, because you’re working with them every day and it jumps out at you.

“We’re 12 games in, but at the end of last season you must see this coming.”

Indeed, Liverpool’s midfield has not performed as they did last season. Of their four most used midfielders this season, two are over the age of 30, and one is 29.

Perhaps those players are not responding well to the demands that are currently on them.

Liverpool have got it wrong

Souness clearly feels not enough has been done for Liverpool to stay competitive. The pundit has admitted he believes the Reds have made some mistakes over the summer.

“I think that Liverpool have got it wrong. It’s one or two things that they won’t find the money to spend, because it is a business first and foremost, but I come back to the fact that Jurgen is so powerful that he could push more than a lesser manager could,” he added.

“He has a big say now. He only has to utter the words ‘the board are not supporting me with transfers’ and it kills the board.”

It does not seem like Liverpool will be particularly competitive without adding some more talent. Whether or not Klopp does make some big demands remains to be seen, but doing so cannot be a bad thing for his side.

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