Stan Collymore doubts Liverpool are good enough for top four place

Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp

The former Reds star doubts the current crop are good enough to secure Champions League football.

Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp

Stan Collymore has told the Mirror that he believes Liverpool’s squad is only good enough for a fifth-placed finish or below next season.

There is a lot of expectation on Jurgen Klopp’s side heading into the new campaign, with many expecting them to build on his positive first year in charge.

They have signalled their intent this summer with seven new faces arriving at the club, including big money moves for Georginio Wijnaldum and Sadio Mane.

Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp looks on during the warm up

A top four place and Champions League qualification is their minimum aim, especially considering the money they have spent so far.

But Collymore is not sure that the current group is good enough to finish any higher than fifth.

“I look at the Liverpool squad, in terms of its strength, depth and ability, and I see one which, realistically, will only challenge for fifth,” he told the Mirror.

“I’d love to see Klopp’s men break into the top four, but, with the squad he has, it isn’t going to be easy. If that’s the case, then I ­wonder if we might just start to view Jurgen Klopp a little differently next summer.”

Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp

It will certainly be interesting to see if Liverpool can compete for a place in the top four as early as next season.

Competition is fierce to say the least, especially with Antonio Conte, Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho all looking to make a mark in their first year at their new clubs.

If Liverpool can make it in though, there will not be anybody questioning Klopp is up there with the best managers around.

Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp

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