Garth Crooks says Liverpool have regressed under Jurgen Klopp, praises Roberto Firmino

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Liverpool beat Norwich at the weekend but not everybody is impressed.

Garth Crooks has told The BBC he feels Liverpool have gone backwards since Jurgen Klopp has taken over.

The pundit was speaking after a thrilling 5-4 win against Norwich City at the weekend, a match which surely will go down as the most entertaining of the season.

Crooks was impressed with Roberto Firmino, who scored in the win and also netted a brace in a recent 3-3 draw against Arsenal, and believes he is living up to his price tag even if he does not feel the team are moving in the right direction.

He said: "It's official - Roberto Firmino has come good. The Brazilian is starting to look like a £29m player at last, which is just as well, considering that's what he cost.

"To be fair to the Brazilian, he has adapted to the pace and rigour of the Premier League quicker than most foreign players I've seen and in a Liverpool team that frankly is no better than when Brendan Rodgers was in charge. In fact it may have regressed."

If comparing the current Liverpool team to the title challenging one under Rodgers two years ago then clearly they have gone backwards, but they did so under the Northern Irishman, which led to him being sacked.

Klopp has been left to pick up the pieces, and to deal with a horrendous injury list, as he attempts to acclimatise to the Premier League, and simply make it to the end of the season and start rebuilding.

The Reds are just three points off fifth placed Manchester United, and have one foot in the Capital One Cup final after a first leg win, so if they can put together a good run over the next few weeks, Crooks will have no option but to re-assess his view.

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