Stan Collymore on where he expects Liverpool to be this time next year

Stan Collymore suggests that Liverpool should be challenging for the Premier League title next season.

Stan Collymore has suggested in The Mirror that Liverpool should be competing for the Premier League title next season.

The former Liverpool striker believes that new Reds manager Jurgen Klopp needs two transfer windows to have his own squad.

“He (Klopp) needs two transfer windows to get his squad how he wants it and, if by this time next year, he isn’t in the top four and playing with a settled side, with a ­settled squad, I’ll be really disappointed,” Collymore wrote in The Mirror.

“I’m not saying I expect Liverpool to be five points clear by then, but I do expect them to be in the clutch of clubs with title and Champions League aspirations.”

The current Liverpool squad is an average one, and it will be a massive achievement of Klopp if he manages to guide the team to a top-four finish in the Premier League.

The Reds are 10th in the league table at the moment with 17 points from 12 matches, as many as seven points behind fourth-place Manchester United.

The German coach will have to sign quality players and strengthen the squad.

One suspects that funds will be available for the former Borussia Dortmund coach, and it will be interesting to see which players he signs.

However, if Liverpool end up outside the top four this campaign, will the Merseyside outfit be able to attract top players next summer?

Register for LIVERPOOL team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch