Pundit hasn’t seen huge Liverpool improvement under Klopp

Matt Holland comments on Liverpool’s form ahead of the Capital One Cup final.

Former player Matt Holland has told Marathon Bet that Liverpool will head into the Capital One Cup final having shown little league improvements since Jurgen Klopp became boss.

The Reds appointed the popular German coach last October and soon presided over impressive victories over the likes of Southampton, Chelsea and upcoming final opponents Manchester City.

However, the Merseyside club’s league form has since tailed off somewhat, and Holland feels that as a result there will be added pressure on them to win the League Cup final.

“Since Jurgen Klopp joined in October, results haven’t massively improved, the side has been up and down in form and with Sturridge just returning from fitness, there’s been no consistent goalscoring threat. It’s definitely more important for Liverpool,” the well-known pundit told Marathon Bet.

“With the league gone and top four a narrow possibility, a trophy for Klopp in his first season would be fantastic. There’ll be a lot of change for Liverpool in the summer, so for the current crop of players to grab a trophy would be great.”

Klopp has been willing to give his players a chance before making any drastic changes to the squad personnel, but their league form has raised plenty of questions over his side’s genuine quality.

A Wembley victory against City could bide a number of players more time, but a defeat will only add to the growing calls for major investment in the playing side this coming summer.

Liverpool reached the final virtue of a penalty shootout victory over Stoke City in the semi-final second-leg at Anfield, while City beat fellow Merseysiders Everton 4-3 on aggregate in the other semi-final.

Klopp's side currently sit in eighth position in the Premier League table, having taken 38 points from 26 matches.

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