Liverpool cannot handle Klopp intensity, believes Danny Murphy

The Reds lost 3-2 to Southampton on Sunday, despite having led the game 2-0 at half time.

Liverpool’s players cannot handle the intensity of Jurgen Klopp’s style, Danny Murphy has told Match of the Day 2, broadcast from 10:30pm, March 20.

The Reds were in a disappointing collapse against Southampton on Sunday, as they squandered a 2-0 lead to lose the game 3-2.

It is not the first time they have dropped points from a winning position this season, having dropped a Premier League high 15 so far, 11 of which have been under Klopp.

That is an alarming stat for a side aiming for the top four, and Murphy believes it shows that Liverpool's current players cannot maintain Klopp’s high intensity style for the full 90 minutes.

“It tells me that the first half of games they’re playing with an intensity that the players can’t maintain,” he told Match of the Day 2

“It’s a very difficult way to play football for a full game and maybe he needs a preseason with them to help.

“He [Klopp] will obviously bring in one or two who he knows can play in his system. But at the moment they are very Jekyll and Hyde in their performances.”

It will certainly be interesting to see what kind of work Klopp will undertake in the summer transfer window.

He is widely expected to bring in a number of players that better suit his style of play, but it will also be fascinating to see how many he seeks to move away from the club.

If Sunday’s loss was any example, there could be a number of departures as well as arrivals at Anfield in the next transfer window.

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