Klopp is set to take charge of Liverpool later this week, but Alan Brazil has told talkSPORT that he believes there is an issue with the Reds that will prevent the German boss competing at the top end of the Premier League.
Brazil said: “To take on the likes of [Manchester] City, Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United, at this moment, Liverpool do not have the players. You’ll definitely see more urgency, and you’ll see a plan, see them working as a unit. But whether they’ve got the players, that may take some time, before he brings his own in.”
Considering the state of Liverpool’s squad, Brazil does raise an issue that is likely to prevent Klopp having an immediate impact.
For all the direction and tactical innovation he may bring to Anfield, the German coach will still be working with the players left to him, and that is far from the squad required to play against the best teams in the Premier League.
It is hard to name a single player that Liverpool own who would walk into any side at the top of the league, with Daniel Sturridge the only potential choice - but he is injured for much of the time.
Undoubtedly many of the players can improve their game, and the impressive Philippe Coutinho needs to show more consistency, and these are the kind of things that Klopp can bring to Anfield.
However, even at their best, it is unlikely that they will be able to truly compete at the top of the league, and Brazil suggests that Klopp will be working with the current squad only until he has the opportunity to bring his own players to Merseyside.