Klopp makes title race admission after Liverpool lose at Leicester
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Liverpool have not won enough under Jurgen Klopp and must be “more like Chelsea” to add more silverware to their trophy cabinet, claims Jamie Carragher. Klopp has won two major honours since becoming Liverpool boss in 2015. He won the club’s sixth European Cup with the Champions League in 2019 before leading them to the holy grail of their first league title in 30 years a year later.
However, Klopp is yet to win a domestic cup as Reds manager.
Carragher believes his former side have deserved to win more than they have under the German.
He wrote in his column for the Telegraph: “Jurgen Klopp is heading towards his seventh year as Liverpool manager amid a sobering reality. His team have not won enough.
“Out of context, that sounds extremely unfair. A better way of putting it is that they have not won as much as their performances have deserved.”
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Liverpool saw their hopes of winning the title this year dented by a 1-0 loss at Leicester earlier this week.
They currently sit third in the Premier League table, nine points adrift of leaders Manchester City with a game in hand.
Klopp has often fielded younger, inexperienced teams in both the Carabao Cup and FA Cup.
But Carragher believes there needs to be more of a focus on winning those pieces of silverware.
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“There is a broader lesson to learn, for Liverpool especially, when the margin for error in a title bid is so small,” he continued.
“The club have to maximise their chances of winning all four competitions they enter every season, recognising the League Cup and the FA Cup as worthy prizes.”
The former England defender reckons Chelsea are the perfect example of what Liverpool need to become in terms of trophy-winning success.
As well as winning the Premier League and Champions League in the last decade, Chelsea have also maintained a good record in both domestic cup competitions.
Liverpool, meanwhile, haven’t won the FA Cup since 2006 and the League Cup since 2012.
Carragher added: “To put it simply, Liverpool need to become more like Chelsea.
“In the past eleven seasons, Chelsea have won the Premier League twice.
“A good return, but a reflection of how the balance of power changed after the City Abu Dhabi takeover. In the previous six years, Chelsea were Premier League champions three times.
“What they have done so well during the Roman Abramovich era is to become serial trophy collectors: five FA Cups, three league cups, two Europa League titles. That’s in addition to being Champions League winners twice.
“That is an area where Liverpool can and must improve. Since winning the FA Cup in 2006, Liverpool have won only one domestic cup competition: the 2012 League Cup. That’s a poor return for a club of such stature.”
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