Liverpool hero insists Klopp cannot return club to glory days

Date published: Wednesday 6th April 2016 11:36

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John Barnes insists Jurgen Klopp will not be able to take Liverpool back to their previous levels of success.

Liverpool legend Barnes was part of the last Reds side to win the league title in 1989/90 and won a total of five major trophies with the club.

Klopp has instilled a sense of optimism around Anfield since replacing Brendan Rodgers in October, but Barnes has warned fans not to expect a return to the dominance of the 70’s and 80’s.

“He’s not going to bring Liverpool back to the glory days in terms of winning the league every year and winning the European Cup because that’s not going to happen anywhere, apart from if you’re Barcelona,” he told Omnisport.

“In England you are going to see a change of maybe Leicester winning [the Premier League] this year or maybe even Tottenham.

“But I don’t think you’re going to have a one team dominating like Liverpool did in the 70s and 80s, and as Manchester United did in the 90s, or how Arsenal did for a while.

“You are going to have a change in who wins the league every year, which is good competition.”

Klopp returns to his former club Borussia Dortmund on Thursday for the first leg of the Europa League quarter-final.

Liverpool have not won a trophy since lifting the League Cup in 2012, but Barnes believes neither club will have wanted this draw.

“The Dortmund tie for Liverpool is the worst draw for them and for Dortmund as well,” he added.

“Because, of course, with Jurgen Klopp going back there, they wouldn’t want him to come back and win.

“So it’s a game that two teams probably wouldn’t have wanted, but it’s there so there’s not a lot either of them can do about it.”


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