Neil Ruddock says Jurgen Klopp will have failed if no Liverpool title challenge in next three years

Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp

The Reds have only finished in the top five once in the last seven years, but there are encouraging signs under Klopp.


Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp

Former Liverpool defender Neil Ruddock has told the Daily Express that he believes Jurgen Klopp will have failed as Reds manager if the club do not seriously challenge for the Premier League title within the next three years.

There have been very encouraging signs for the Anfield side under the former Borussia Dortmund manager so far since he took over from Brendan Rodgers last October.

The Reds reached the final of both the Capital One Cup and the Europa League, albeit agonisingly losing both, and lost just five of their final 23 games of the season in all competitions.

However, despite that impressive end-of-season form they could only manage an eighth-place finish last term, meaning that they have now only finished inside the Premier League top five once in the last seven years.

Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp

That placing means that there will be no European football at Anfield this season, and with Klopp currently undertaking his first pre-season as Reds boss, there are hopes that this season will hold better fortunes for the club.

Ruddock certainly believes they should be aiming to break back into the top four, but suggested that if Liverpool have not come close to winning the title in three years' time then Klopp will have to go down as a failure.

The former defender told the Express: "Top four is a realistic goal this season. You’ve got to give him a chance though because it’s so tough. Every team is getting better. Tottenham, West Ham, Leicester - they’re all getting better all the time.

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"So you’ve got to give him the time to give it a good go. But in three years, if he hasn’t come at least close to winning the title then I think he will have failed."

Klopp has an impressive record at both Dortmund and first club Mainz, but he took time at both German sides to build and mould his own team, something he has not yet been able to do at Liverpool.

This summer is the first real step in that process, and Reds fans will be hoping that translates into an improvement on the pitch this season.

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