Steven Gerrard has every faith that Jurgen Klopp can be a success at Liverpool, but he admits it’s difficult to compete with their richer Premier League rivals.
LA Galaxy star Gerrard believes Klopp must be afforded enough time to build his own squad at Anfield – and that he believes means a “few transfer windows”.
Former Liverpool captain Gerrard, 35, was back at Melwood before Chrstmas training with the Liverpool squad after accepting an invite from Klopp, whom he claimed was “infectious”.
And Gerrard is convinced Klopp, who has picked up 19 out of a possible 42 points since his appointment in October will eventually get things right.
“I think it’s a bit early,” said Gerrard on MLS media day. “I think we need to give Klopp a couple of transfer windows and more time and maybe a full pre-season with the team to get used to each other and get his stamp on the way he wants to play and his tactics,” he said.
“I think it’s patience at Liverpool, but I’m very confident that Jurgen Klopp can improve things and bring success to the club because he’s a fantastic manager.
“It’s a results business. They need to prove that they belong in the top four by playing well and finding consistency.
“Liverpool, it’s very difficult for them to compete with Manchester City and Chelsea, but that’s the same for 90 percent of the clubs around the world because some people and owners are a lot richer than others.
“That’s just the way of life. I don’t think it has a huge effect because Liverpool have got fantastic players, a good team, a good manager.
“There’s no excuses. You’ve got to go on and compete with the best. That’s just the way it is at Liverpool. The expectations are high.”