Thierry Henry suggests just how high Liverpool can aim under Klopp next season

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The pundit and former Arsenal striker is certain that the Reds can be a serious title challenger in 2016-17.

Former Arsenal striker Thierry Henry has told Sky Sports, as quoted by the Mirror, that Jurgen Klopp's intense style is now being understood at Anfield, and he has tipped Liverpool to be serious title challengers under the German next season.

Klopp's high-pressure style of football took a while to yield results in England and the Reds initially struggled for consistency after his arrival, winning just six of their first 17 Premier League matches under the former Borussia Dortmund coach.

However, in the last two months they have looked a club transformed, and have won nine of their last 15 in all competitions since Valentine's Day, losing just twice.

The Merseyside club have won their last four fixtures, including the remarkable comeback victory over Dortmund in the Champions League, and a crushing 4-0 win over local rivals Everton in midweek.

Henry believes the improvement is a direct result of Klopp's philosophy beginning to take a firm hold on his players, and has tipped the club to return to challenging for the Premier League title next season.

The Frenchman told Sky Sports, as quoted by the Mirror: "Jurgen Klopp likes to play a certain way and 'intensity' is the word that I will use for him. Putting on pressure from the front and that is why Divock Origi is a starter and not Sturridge or Benteke, because he will run for you.

"It's not easy to arrive in a team halfway through the season and make sure that they understand what you want, changing their way of training because you play in a different way. And for a little while now they've been playing the Klopp way and people are seeing and understanding what's happening.

"I think Liverpool, if they didn't lose against Southampton  [their only league defeat in the last eight], they would've been there challenging for the top four. Next season they will challenge for the title I think under Klopp."

As it stands this season, Klopp's side are currently sat in seventh, five points off Manchester United in fifth and seven points adrift of a Champions League spot.

However, they do have a game in hand over the rest of the top eight, and they will be looking to strengthen their vid for European qualification via the league with victory over Newcastle United on Saturday.

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