An ex-Reds striker believes Jurgen Klopp’s
side can end the year on a high, but feels
they lack the defensive strength to take
Stan Collymore believes Liverpool are
heading in the right direction under Jurgen
Klopp, but claims ‘third or fourth place
finish will be the best they can hope for’.
The Reds remain very much in the Premier
League title mix, and have an opportunity
to move back into second place in the
table on Tuesday.
Jurgen Klopp’s side welcome Stoke City to
Anfield in their latest outing, and will be
looking to cut the gap on league leaders
Chelsea to six points.
Should they succeed in hitting that target,
they will enter a crunch clash with
Manchester City on New Year’s Eve in
Collymore believes Liverpool are capable
of ending 2016 with back-to-back wins,
but feels they lack the defensive strength
and financial muscle to sustain a
challenge for the English top-flight crown.
“The message from manager Jurgen Klopp
to his men against both sides will be, ‘Go
and finish off 2016 in style’,” he wrote in a
column for the Daily Mirror.
Klopp: I’m at the perfect club
“I’m certain they can do just that with two
wins, because neither Stoke nor City, to my
eyes, have proved they can keep clean
sheets on demand.
“The only trouble is, neither have Liverpool
and even though I’ve got them down to win
these two battles I still don’t think this
season will see them win the war.
“In fact, I still think third or fourth place
will be the best they can hope for with
Chelsea the favourites as we reach the
turn and City, with the best squad, the
only side who can beat them.
“But a top-four finish is definitely within
Liverpool’s grasp and if they can achieve
that then most Reds fans will be happy as
it puts them back where they feel they
belong in English football’s elite.
Klopp talks up Liverpool’s title chances
“Defences win Premier Leagues and as it
stands here at the back end of 2016,
neither Liverpool nor City have a back four
that can win them the title.
“But City have the means for a quick, top-
quality fix. Unfortunately Liverpool don’t.”
City edged above Liverpool into second
spot with a 3-0 victory over Hull City on
Boxing Day – their third Premier League
win in a row after suffering an early-