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Stan Collymore criticises Jurgen Klopp's tactics

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Up until now, Jurgen Klopp has been spared a lot of criticism as Liverpool manager.

Last season, he was often given the benefit of the doubt when the team he took over in October under-performed.

But now 10 months into his tenure, Klopp will have to face the music a lot more frequently if his side continue to pull off results as disappointing as Saturday's 2-0 defeat to Burnley.

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Stan Collymore has never been one to mince his own words and has been extremely critical of the Reds after just two Premier League matches.

The former Liverpool centre-forward has questioned Klopp's ability to adapt to different scenarios and hinted that the German may have underestimated the strength of England's top division.

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"Am I allowed to criticise Jurgen? Is anyone? Or is the cult of the manager so strong at certain clubs that we all have to blindly wait for Liverpool to show the consistency under a highly paid, long contract manager?" Collymore wrote in his column for BoyleSports.

“I want Liverpool to do well, and I get very excited when gegenpressing works, but let’s be honest, in the Bundesliga or La Liga it’s in a league where you can roll over teams by just working hard.

“This is the Premier League, every team does that as a given."

Liverpool's opening day victory over Arsenal already seems a very distant memory and Collymore is no longer willing to give the boss an easy time.

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The ex-England international also criticised Klopp's decision to sell Christian Benteke to Crystal Palace and feels the German has limited his own options by his actions in the transfer market.

He added: “‘But most aren’t his team Stan, he’s not been there long etc etc’. Neither has Mourinho, Pep and certainly neither was Claudio Ranieri last season.

“Patience is fine and I’m an advocate of a proper well thought plan but in all honesty, Plan B. What is it?

“When the tempo of the Premier League bites you, even two games in, and you can’t blitz teams like City away last season, what then?

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“A big man to play off, like an Ibra? Oh that’s right, he’s just been sold to Palace leaving Liverpool with no physical presence up top at all.”

This is the first time Klopp has been faced with some serious reservations and he will need an instant response from his team to prove Saturday's shock defeat was just a blip.

They face a potentially tricky trip to Burton in the League Cup on Tuesday and a second surprise loss in the space of just a few days will only intensify the questions being asked of Klopp.

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