Gary Neville believes that Jurgen Klopp will need to bring ‘Grade A’ players to Anfield in order to win the Premier League title with Liverpool.
The former Manchester United captain - who also feels that Liverpool fans shouldn’t be “fawning” over the revered German coach - is adamant that the Merseyside outfit will not end their long wait for a league title unless Fenway Sports Group back their new manager by digging deep into their pockets and providing the funds to sign a genuine superstar.
Neville suggests the alternative for Klopp will be to bring in cheaper players and hope they can flourish into world-class performers - much like Luis Suarez did at Anfield following his £22.7 million transfer from Ajax in January 2011.
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“I struggle to think of the last time Liverpool signed a Grade A player,” Neville writes in his latest Telegraph column. “Luis Suarez was turned into a Grade A player. But it might be 10 years since they signed one already at world-class level.
“Will he be able to sign a Lewandowski, Gotze or Gundogan, who has already been linked with Liverpool? Will he join Liverpool or Barcelona, Arsenal, Chelsea, Real Madrid? To win a league Klopp will need to attract that level of player. Fenway Sports Group will have to put their hand in their pocket more than they already have. Or Klopp will need to be an incredibly shrewd recruiter to outgun the wealth of Chelsea, City, United and Arsenal.”
Klopp has the talent to transform Liverpool
Liverpool - with Suarez and Raheem Sterling in their squad - wasted a golden opportunity to win their first league title since 1990 around 18 months ago.
The departures of both the aforementioned ex-Liverpool stars, plus influential midfielder Steven Gerrard, since then means Liverpool now appear to be a considerable way off winning the Premier League title.
Klopp will need time and patience to transform Liverpool - but the 48-year-old’s track record at both Mainz and Borussia Dortmund suggests he’s more than capable of doing just that.
After a week of training Liverpool’s current first-team stars, Klopp takes charge of his first match on Saturday afternoon against Tottenham at White Hart Lane.
Liverpool fans: which player - in an ideal world - would you want Jurgen Klopp to bring to Anfield? Have your say by leaving a comment in the box below!