Arsenal legend Thierry Henry believes Jurgen Klopp will turn Liverpool into title contenders next season.
As per the Liverpool Echo, Henry has backed the Reds to be there or thereabouts in the 2016/17 campaign.
Despite failing to secure all three points against Newcastle United this past weekend and currently sitting in seventh place in the Premier League table, Liverpool have improved since German coach Jurgen Klopp replaced Brendan Rodgers in the Anfield dugout.
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With a two-legged Europa League tie against Spanish outfit Villarreal on the horizon, there's every chance that Klopp will secure a trophy in his first season on English soil, but it's safe to say that Henry believes the future is a bright one on Merseyside.
Henry expects Klopp to sign players in the next transfer window and fully expects them to compete for the title next term.
The Sky Sports pundit stated: “It’s not easy to arrive at a club half-way through a season and make sure that they understand what you want and change the way of training.
“That intensity is vital, and since a little while now, they have been playing the ‘Klopp way’ and people are understanding what’s happening.
“They’re going to have a pre-season together and he’s going to bring players in.
“Next year they will challenge for the title under Klopp.”
As mentioned, though, Liverpool's current focus will be on delivering success on the European stage this season.
After eliminating the duo of Manchester United and Borussia Dortmund, there's absolutely no reason why the club won't be able to overcome Villarreal in the next round.
Enigmatic coach Klopp certainly isn't underestimating the competition and wants to secure the prize.
He stated, as per The Guardian: “I heard that the image of the Europa League was not good in England and I don’t really understand why. The players have liked it, and I would have been happy with the Europa League even if we’d gone out in the quarter-finals. It was a nice journey, a good experience.
“Usually you work the whole year to go to Europe so to be in it was a nice bonus. I know the top four is the top four, but if you are fifth, take it, use it, do whatever. I like playing matches, whatever the competition.”
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