Liverpool news Stan Collymore proven wrong about Klopp's Achilles heel MetiNews.Com
MetiNews.Com - Former Reds striker says decisions on Moreno, Karius and Jordan Henderson have been 'masterful' to seal Premier League title
Breaking News ! Stan Collymore has admitted his misgivings over Jurgen Klopp were wrong. The former Liverpool striker has kept a close eye on the Reds under Klopp and was delighted to see them crowned Premier League champions last week. Yet the often outspoken 49-year-old says that he was not always convinced that the German had the ruthlessness needed to turn the Reds into a force again. Writing in his Mirror column, Collymore revealed that the amount of time it took to replace Alberto Moreno made him question Klopp's ability to build a squad early in his Liverpool reign. Read More Related Articles Get the best Liverpool stories straight to your inbox with our Reds newsletter Read More Related Articles Get our free Liverpool FC app on your phone He wrote: "For as long as Alberto Moreno was left-back I wondered whether Jurgen Klopp had the ruthlessness to turn Liverpool into a title-winning team. "I always looked at the Spaniard and thought, ‘Damn, this is Klopp’s Achilles heel’. "He messed up several times, most notably in the 2016 Europa League final. "Klopp’s answer to the Moreno problem was to replace him with James Milner and you’re thinking, ‘Well, that’s not a title-winning left-back, is it?’ "But the signings of Andy Robertson in 2017 and Virgil van Dijk the following January saw the pieces of the jigsaw starting to fall into place. "And when he bombed out Loris Karius and replaced him with Alisson, Klopp showed he did have the ruthless streak the very best managers require. "Within a year, everything had changed and both he and his team looked like they would stop at nothing to finally end the Reds’ wait for a Premier League title.
. He explained: "Nobody saw Jordan Henderson’s leadership, captaincy and strength of character coming. I certainly questioned whether he was a worthy heir to Steven Gerrard on and off the pitch. "And Klopp aside - because he put them together - nobody really thought Sadio Mane, Mo Salah and Roberto Firmino were going to dovetail in quite the way they have. "The way Klopp has done it all has been masterful. "Making the big signings work is impressive enough, but what he has done with Robertson is just brilliant. "Most of the top flight’s bottom five or six clubs at the time would have baulked at the £8million Klopp paid Hull for him.
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"Yet the German took a jobbing young left-back and turned him into arguably the world’s best in that position." He added: "Can you name me one Steady Eddie who has arrived at Manchester City under Guardiola’s reign and is now seen as the pre-eminent player in his position? "Klopp has worked wonders with individuals, and collectively he has made that dressing room."
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