Liverpool picked up their first win of the Jurgen Klopp era yesterday against Bournemouth, but Martin Keown has told the Daily Mail that he does not believe the Reds have enough about them to get into the top four this season.
Keown said: “Liverpool are still a work in progress but I’m sure they will be desperate for the win [against Chelsea]. However, I think the top four is not a realistic target just yet. They could go on a run but they are drawing too many games and it’s too early to say how good Jurgen Klopp can be.”
Liverpool have so far played four games under Klopp drawing three and winning one. However, the victory has not yet come in the Premier League, and they currently sit in ninth place in the table, with just three wins over the entire campaign.
Keown has admitted that he is not sure if Liverpool are ready for the top four yet, even though there have been some improvements since Klopp’s arrival at Anfield.
There is a more distinct identity about the side, and the German dos has done as much as he can considering the squad he has inherited is rife with injuries and lacking in real quality.
The former Arsenal man has identified that Liverpool are drawing too many games to be considered as real top four contenders, and, even though they could go on a run, it is unlikely the teams above them will falter enough to let the Reds into the Champions League qualification places.
Klopp has no need to break into the top four this season, having arrived at Anfield after the start of the campaign, and this year is simply for the German boss to do the best he can in a state of transition.
It may be too soon for Klopp to start thinking about a top four finish, but it is certain that Liverpool’s chances of success have massively increased since Klopp’s appointment as head coach.