Former Newcastle, Manchester City and Burnley midfielder Joey Barton has today aimed another dig at Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, claiming that the Reds are actually ‘regressing’ under the German tactician.
Klopp, who took over at Liverpool in 2015, has endured a frustrating first two years in the Premier League, with his Reds side having shown glimpses of their true potential on occasion, but without consistency.
The 50-year-old German’s time spent managing in his home country was a far more impressive affair, though, with Klopp having secured the Bundesliga title in successive campaigns between 2010 and 2012 and managed to challenge the natural German top-flight pecking order of ‘Bayern Munich, then everybody else.’
The Stuttgart-native has been heavily criticised by fans and pundits alike this season, with growing numbers of Liverpool’s loyal fanbase calling for Klopp to be relieved of his duties on Merseyside.
The recurring condemnation among such critics of Klopp has been the inability of the German to get Liverpool’s back four in order, either via his purchases in the transfer market, or tactics on the pitch.
One individual who has never been shy to voice his opinions on the failings of Klopp is Joey Barton, who previously referred to the Reds manager as ‘a giant German cheerleader’.
And Barton, who spent over a decade plying his trade in the English top-flight, was in typically ruthless mood once again when questioned on Klopp during an interview with TalkSPORT earlier today, revealing his opinion that Liverpool are actually moving backwards rather than forwards under the former Mainz boss:
‘They are actually regressing under Jurgen Klopp. They are not getting any closer to winning the league. They are closer to West Ham, who are in the relegation zone, than they are to the top of the table.’
‘They are making the same mistakes now that they have made all the way through Jurgen Klopp’s tenure. At what point do you say, ‘he needs to adjust’. His ego is in overdrive.’