Liverpool new manager Jurgen Klopp’s reign at Anfield since October has been mercurial and the Reds still have a long way to go under the German tactician according to club icon Michael Owen.

Owen believes that Liverpool’s progress under Klopp has been slower than anticipated but has stated that the 48-year-old will eventually deliver the goodies.

“It’s probably been slower than we all hoped,” the former England striker told Liverpool Echo.

“When he first took over, the effect looked huge. There were even shouts early on of a possible title challenge from some people!

“People think he’s the right man and have come to terms with the fact that it is going to take a bit of time. The squad needs a bit of surgery.

“Jurgen’s style is about having the ball, dominating games, high-energy pressing. And of course this team has its defensive issues.

“At the moment, the team is in transition. It doesn’t have a real identity, and that’s something Jurgen Klopp will be searching for over the coming weeks and months.”

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