Robbie Savage eats humble pie and recognises Klopp’s ability

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Former footballer and pundit-plonker Robbie Savage has praised Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp for his side’s performance against Borussia Dortmund on Thursday.

The Germans haven’t lost a game in 2016, but in the Europa League quarterfinal midweek, Klopp’s Liverpool outplayed his former team – thanks to an excellent tactical set-up.

“Klopp’s brave team selection, and Liverpool’s resolute performance, against Borussia Dortmund on Thursday has forced me to reconsider,’ Savage told the Mirror.

(Savage had previously criticised Klopp earlier in the season, claiming that if a team put out by Brendan Rodgers had put in similar performances, it would be deemed unforgivable (via the Express).

“That draw in Germany was not just a flash in the pan,” he continued.

“It was the latest in a series of outstanding displays under Klopp, like the swaggering away win at Chelsea in his fifth game last October, the demolition of Manchester City at the Etihad three weeks later and knocking Manchester United out of Europe in March.

“All Liverpool have got to do to take their development under Klopp to the next level is to deliver those performances on a more regular basis.

“I’m not scared to admit it when I get something wrong, and I was too quick to judge Klopp.”

Perhaps Savage should’ve formed his opinion on Klopp following our manager’s consecutive Bundesliga titles or his run to the Champions League final…

At least the ponytailed buffoon is at least recognising Klopp’s ability now, and he’s right to suggest that at times – Klopp’s Liverpool have been brilliant.

We’ve beaten very good teams, easily. The task now is to increase consistency and to start downing the so-called lesser sides much more easily…

No game for Liverpool is a given, and while we often rise to the occasion in bigger matches, it’s now our task to start putting on big performances when we’re expected to win.

Liverpool host Stoke today, and will climb above the Potters with a win – although with Manchester City winning yesterday, the top four is looking very far away.

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