Liverpool legend John Barnes believes that the club are still a far away from being recognised as title contenders even though they have done well under the regime of Jurgen Klopp.
The former Borussia Dortmund manager came to the club as the replacement for Brendan Rodgers. His ideas are seen as a step above the Northern Ireland manager, who achieved Champions League qualification only once in his three years at the club. Immediately upon his arrival,Klopp has transformed the way the club have been playing for quite a while. Liverpool have become much more offensive while being urgent in the defensive areas like pressing.
This high-intensity style of football has already contributed to some impressive victories over the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City. The club remain only a couple of points below the top four and talk has begun about potential title challenge if Liverpool maintain this form till the end of the campaign. This is due to the limited difference between the teams occupying top four and the top of the table. Leicester currently lead the table but with only a couple of points advantage over Manchester United. Barnes admitted that he is a fan ofKlopp, while also stating that he is sad to have seen the end of Rodgers at the club.
“Although they can challenge for a top-four finish this season, they are not necessarily going to sign the best players in the world in January.In the short term, he may have to bring in players he knows well, and who can respond quickly to what he wants.They are not title contenders yet, and I’m still not getting carried away just because Jurgen Klopp is here, but there is a positive vibe and unity around the club again,” said the club’s legend.