John Aldridge upbeat about Liverpool after Jurgen Klopp's first seven games

Aldridge sees plenty to be positive about after Jurgen Klopp's first seven games in charge of Liverpool, despite a first defeat at the hands of Crystal Palace at the weekend.

Former Liverpool striker John Aldridge has said in the Liverpool Echo that Jurgen Klopp has made a decent start to managerial life at Liverpool, and the Reds legend is still upbeat even though Klopp endured his first defeat at the hands of Crystal Palace at the weekend.

Klopp has won three, drawn three and lost one of his opening seven games in charge with everyone heading into the international break.

The Reds have made it to the last eight of the League Cup, are on the brink of qualifying for the knock-out stages of the Europa League but would like to have improved on their league position in the Premier League.

Aldridge wrote in his Liverpool Echo column: "Despite the defeat to Palace, I’m still very upbeat after the first month of Jurgen Klopp’s reign.

"It was certainly very different to some of the defeats we suffered earlier in the season.

"Three wins, three draws and one loss is a decent start for Klopp. The win at Chelsea after coming from behind was undoubtedly the highlight.

"Klopp has instilled some belief and you can see the unity. There are positive signs but it will take a few transfer windows for him to get in the players he wants to shape the squad.

"The next game after the international break is a big one. We need a response against Manchester City, who can struggle at home."

Despite the Palace defeat, the performances from other defeats Liverpool have endured recently was noticeably better, and many came away from the game sensing a missed opportunity to take all three points - some defeats Liverpool have had in recent memory have been pretty spineless footballing displays. That wasn't the case on Sunday as Liverpool responded well to going behind, but scoring a second goal in games is proving to be something of a problem.

Responding against Manchester City is going to be a difficult task as they lead the way in the Premier League, but it will be interesting to see how Liverpool approach the game. They could do with the points at a difficult venue but it is one of those situations where they get their last away game of a horrid run out of the way. No doubt Klopp will try and win the game, but the set-up with the side coping with a lot of injuries, is going to be interesting to watch.

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