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Alan Shearer slams Jurgen Klopp as he marks two years in charge at Anfield

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Yesterday marked two years in charge of Liverpool for Jurgen Klopp.

The former Borussia Dortmund man took charge at Anfield after Brendan Rodgers was sacked, following the Reds' 1-1 draw at Everton.

Rodgers' style of play was criticised by the fans towards the end of his tenure, and left Liverpool in 10th place, with 12 points from their opening eight fixtures.

In truth, the now-Celtic boss was never able to live up to the standards set by his side in the 2013/14 season, where they finished second and narrowly missed out on the title, with Luis Suarez, Raheem Sterling and Daniel Sturridge scoring for fun.

It can't be argued that Klopp hasn't improved the entertainment factor at Anfield, boasting one of the fastest and most frightening attacks in the country; Philippe Coutinho, Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane, who have been labelled the 'Fab Four'.

But has the German actually improved the club in general? Premier League legend Alan Shearer doesn't think so.

"Too much under Klopp seems to be based on that call for passion and excitement but the way they play isn't going to win them the league," he said, as per the Mirror.

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"Defeat [on Saturday] will leave them ten points behind Jose Mourinho’s men and effectively end Liverpool’s title challenge before the clocks have changed."

Klopp actually has a worse win rate than Rodgers in the Premier League, with a 50.66% record compared to the Northern Irishman's 51.64%.

The stats do prove that the German has transformed the Red's attack though, with an average of 2.08 goals-per-game, while Rodgers managed 1.90 during his tenure.

He has had some success in the cup competitions before falling at the final hurdle, losing in both the Europa League and League Cup finals in his first season in charge, and Liverpool were knocked out by Southampton at the semi-final stage of the latter last term.

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The Anfield club are preparing to unveil their new Kenny Dalglish Stand ahead of this weekend's clash with Manchester United.

Dalglish won the league three times, as well as two FA Cups during his first spell in charge, before winning the League Cup in 2012, which is the Reds' only trophy since 2006.

And Shearer says that while the new stand will provide fantastic memories for the older fans, it will leave them yearning for more of those days, and he believes they are a long way off.

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"It will leave many Liverpool fans misty-eyed for a time when they ruled football at home and abroad. A time when they truly were the greatest.

"Right now the glory days he enjoyed at Anfield are as far away as ever."

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Philippe Coutinho
Kenny Dalglish
Roberto Firmino
Mohamed Salah
Brendan Rodgers
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