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Klopp comes in for criticism from Liverpool great; legend makes Benteke recommendation

Liverpool great Jan Molby has accused Jurgen Klopp of trying too many new things at Anfield and ignoring the basics as he looks to revive the Reds’ flagging season.

The Merseyside giants started well once Klopp had replaced previous boss, the unpopular Brendan Rodgers at Anfield, but the wheels have come off over the last month.

The Reds have not won in their last four matches in all competitions, and were defeated against no-hopers Newcastle United at St. James’ Park before only managing a draw at home to Tony Pullis’s West Bromwich Albion.

Last weekend they were humbled 3-0 away at newly promoted Watford, and the honeymoon period is well and truly over for Klopp.

As Liverpool fans seek answers, Molby, who played for the Reds for 12 years between 1984 and 1996 has accused Klopp of meddling too much with the side and not keeping things simple—notably over the manager’s decision not to use Christian Benteke.

“Christian Benteke has to start up front for Liverpool against Leicester City,” Molby wrote in his column for the Liverpool Echo.

“When you’re not playing well – and Liverpool certainly aren’t – it’s not the time to be trying new things or playing people out of position. The false nine and front three just didn’t work against Watford.

“Benteke will give Liverpool someone to hit and a way of playing.”

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Liverpool welcome high-flying Leicester to Anfield on Boxing Day, with the Reds heading into the game in ninth place in the table.

They are in the midst of an inconsistent season, having won six, drawn six and lost five of their Premier League games to date. With 24 points, Liverpool have lost ground on their rivals at the top of the table, but as they’re only five points behind Tottenham Hotspur, it’s not impossible that they could still challenge for the Champions League places if they can halt their poor form during the festive period.

 

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