When Jurgen Klopp arrived at Anfield in October last year, the red side of Merseyside was injected with optimism and hope, while it has since left David Beckham mildly worried about what the future is to hold.
In an interview with Sky Sports, per the Liverpool Echo, the former Manchester United midfielder admits Red Devils fans have every reason to be concerned about Liverpool's future under the guidance of their German boss, who has brought his own high-pressing style of play to the club, since taking over from Brendan Rodgers.
Liverpool reached both the finals of the League Cup and Europa League under Klopp, although they finished second best in both competitions. However, Beckham, who made 394 appearances for Manchester United, believes the Reds could, once again, become United's biggest problem.
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"It makes it unpredictable, but with Klopp going in at Liverpool, you could see the change,” Beckham admitted.
“And when he first went in, I started to think, ‘This could be worrying as a Man United fan to see Liverpool coming back to being up there again with the big teams'."
The two giants from the north west of England have long been bitter rivals and the two most successful clubs in the country. But Beckham doesn't see Klopp getting his hands on the Premier League trophy - not this season, at least.
"Jose (Mourinho) going to United and (Antonio) Conte going to Chelsea and Pep (Guardiola) – who I love, I have been a big fan of his for so many years, both on the pitch and off the pitch, he does so much for a team. So it will be unpredictable, but I do think it will be one of those teams who will be champions at the end of the year." Beckham added.
“I am going to have to say United (will win the league). I will always be on that side of the fence.”
Klopp's title chances this season may have been dismissed by the 41-year-old, but the German has already brought in Sadio Mane from Southampton and Georginio Wijnaldum from Newcastle, to bolster his attacking options.
And his first acquisition, Marko Grujic, has been impressive during pre-season. After signing the Serbian midfielder in January, Klopp shipped him back out on loan to Red Star Belgrade and has already scored twice in friendlies against Fleetwood and Huddersfield.
It can certainly be seen why Beckham is worried, while Liverpool fans are eagerly anticipating what can be achieved this upcoming campaign, with Klopp having had his first pre-season with the club.
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