Gerard Houllier.

Gerard Houllier answers question on Liverpool's title chances under Klopp

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Anyone who has watched Liverpool play in recent weeks can see that Jurgen Klopp has the Merseyside club firing on all cylinders.

Their most recent win came courtesy of a 5-1 demolition of Hull City at the weekend and helped them break a 121-year-old record for most goals scored (24) through the first eight games of a season.

But, all Liverpool fans really care about is bringing to an end their 26-year wait for a league title. So, can Klopp's current squad really continue their fine form and end the long wait? According to one man who took the Anfield club close back in 2002, you would be foolish to write them off.

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Speaking at the Soccerex conference in Manchester today, former Liverpool boss Gerard Houllier sounded very impressed with how the club he left in 2004 is performing 12 years on.

“They are entertaining and also extremely efficient,” he told reporters, via Goal. “You just have to see the number of goals they score.

"They have a new philosophy and I like the coach. The best is yet to come."

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The Frenchman, who led Liverpool to second place in 2001-02 the year after they won the FA, League and UEFA Cup treble, was then asked whether Klopp's men could go on to finish top of the table come May.

His answer was simple and straight to the point.

"They are good enough for that.”


There is no doubt that the squad Klopp has assembled for this season is one of the most talented Liverpool have had in years.

Given a full summer to recruit, the German boss' additions - specifically Sadio Mane - have combined well with the talent that was already there, such as Adam Lallana and Philippe Coutinho, to create one of the most entertaining teams in the Premier League.

However, maintaining their level of performance for a full 38 game season is going to be tough. Plus, despite an impressive start, they're still only fourth in the table and already sit five points behind Manchester City.

Nevertheless, having only been predicted to challenge for European places before the new campaign got underway, Liverpool are already moving up in a lot of people's estimations, including Houllier's.

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If they can finish one place higher than the veteran manager managed all those years ago, Klopp will be even more of a hero on Merseyside than he already is.

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