Barton predicts long wait for Klopp influence to show at Liverpool

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Liverpool were beaten 2-0 by struggling Newcastle United in the Premier League on Sunday.

Joey Barton has predicted on BBC Sport that it will take eight to 12 months before Jurgen Klopp’s influence is truly seen at Liverpool.

The German replaced Brendan Rodgers earlier in the campaign and has overseen a quick change in fortunes at Anfield since then.

Klopp's side have been in impressive form, with his famous high pressing system having been on show since day one.

That has yielded some impressive results, especially the 4-1 win over Manchester City, although there have been low points, including Sunday’s 2-0 loss to relegation-threatened Newcastle United at St. James' Park.

Barton believes that it will likely take between eight and 12 months before Klopp’s influence is truly seen on the squad.

“Sunday's defeat showed Klopp is still trying to work out the strengths and weaknesses of the players in his squad, and finding out who can fit into his game plan,” he told BBC Sport.

“It will probably be about eight to 12 months, and at least a couple of transfer windows, before he really puts a stamp on this team.

“It is too soon to get carried away. There have been some really encouraging signs and glimpses of what Klopp is capable of but there have also been blips.”

While Barton claims that it will take time before we see Klopp make his mark on this Liverpool side, there is no denying that has already happened in parts.

They were not at their best against Newcastle by any means, but they have been much improved under the German in almost all departments since he took over.

Sunday’s defeat was a demoralising one for them, but they are very much still in the race for the Champions League regardless, with just six points separating them from fourth-place Manchester United.

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