Garth Crooks believes Liverpool should part ways with Jurgen Klopp and hire Carlo Ancelotti, if they have serious ambitions of winning the Premier League title in the near future.
The former Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United man blasted Klopp’s defensive woes as ‘seriously embarrassing’ and is convinced his inability to deal with the problem must affect the star players on the team.
Klopp’s side were hammered 4-1 by Spurs at Wembley as Liverpool moved to a -2 goal difference after nine games in the Premier League, while sitting 12 points behind leaders Manchester City in ninth place.
Meanwhile, Ancelotti is out of work having been let go by Bayern Munich after a slow start to the season but he has delivered league titles with Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain, Bayern, AC Milan and Roma, as well as winning the Champions League with Real Madrid and Milan.
And Crooks is certain Liverpool should ditch Klopp and hire Ancelotti.
‘As for Liverpool, let us be frank with each other,’ he told the BBC. ‘They are a great club with amazing history and they deserve a manager to reflect those points.
‘There are few managers in the world who can take the title to Anfield but I believe former Chelsea, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich boss Carlo Ancelotti is one of those.
‘The blind spot causing current Reds boss Jurgen Klopp not to see the deficiencies in his defence is becoming seriously embarrassing and must be affecting players like Philippe Coutinho, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah.
‘I said at the beginning of the season that it was madness to turn down the £100m-plus offer from Barcelona for Coutinho and not use that money to build a defence worthy of challenging for the title. Having rejected that extraordinary offer, Liverpool executives are now forced to rethink the club’s strategy and fix what is an obvious problem.
‘The man that can do that is Ancelotti and they must get him now while he’s available.