Michael Owen said on BT Europe on Wednesday night (February 24) following the Champions League last-16 first-leg tie between Dynamo Kiev and Manchester City that Liverpool should have had more points than they currently do in the Premier League under Jurgen Klopp this season.
Liverpool are eighth in the league table at the moment with 38 points from 26 matches. The Reds are as many as nine points behind fourth-placed Manchester City, and it looks like they will not finish in the top four this campaign.
Owen believes that Liverpool should have picked up more points under manager Klopp than they have done so far this season.
“Progression under Klopp?” said the former Liverpool striker on BT Europe on Wednesday night (February 24) following the Champions League last-16 first-leg tie between Dynamo Kiev and Manchester City when asked about the Reds’ progress under Klopp. “I expected it to be more, I must admit.
“It’s not his team, but top coaches should improve what they have got,” added Owen. “That’s their role. It’s not just about buying players.
“So I probably expected him to get a few more points in the Premier League, but I think we are all still excited about his appointment.”
When Brendan Rodgers was sacked by Liverpool in early October, the Merseyside outfit were still in with a chance of ending up in the top four.
Owen does have a point about Klopp, but at the same time it must be remembered that this is Klopp’s first managerial spell in England.
The former Borussia Dortmund coach probably took some time to know his players and understand their strengths and weaknesses.
While league performances and results have been inconsistent for Liverpool under the German, the Reds are going strong in cup competitions.
Liverpool have progressed to the final of the League Cup and have qualified for the last 16 of the Europa League.