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Jurgen Klopp backs Liverpool to be title challengers 'for the next few years'

Jurgen Klopp backs Liverpool to be title challengers 'for the next few years'


The mayor of Liverpool has added to the pressure on Everton manager Ronald Koeman by questioning the team's progress this season.

Everton strengthened a number of positions with expensive signings over the summer but have made a slow start to the Premier League campaign, winning only once in seven games to sit 16th.

A late Wayne Rooney penalty rescued a point for Everton against newly promoted Brighton on Sunday, a result that has increased speculation about Koeman's position as manager.

Anderson said on Twitter: "Koeman will be judged by results,this was another poor one & poor performances v very poor side. I ask have any players improved under him?"

However, he added: "Most fans wanted him so think he should be given a bit more time. He is clearly the problem but not sure he can find solution"

Following the game, which followed a 1-0 defeat to Burnley before the international break, Koeman said: "I think we deserved something out of the afternoon.

"We know we can play better, but the commitment and belief was really positive. At least it's one point."

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has said his side will be title challengers "for the next few years" after they were held to a frustrating home draw by Manchester United on Saturday.

The Merseysiders are eighth in the Premier League, nine points behind leaders Manchester City, but Klopp said he believed they would still challenge.

And the manager was adamant that there was no quality gap between his team and Manchester United, who are two points behind City in second place.

"We have to do whatever is necessary and we will be challengers," he said. "We will be challengers for the next few years, no problem.

"We showed big heart, we were brave. I thought we were smart in doing the right thing at the right moment, but in the end it didn't work out.

"I am not overly positive, I am not crazy, but I really see we are still good and that is what I try to push.

"If we don't score five times it is not good enough, if we concede even one goal we have a bad defence... but that is how it is in our city."

He insisted United are "not a world apart from us," saying: "It's not that we are playing on different planets and they are really good and we do not find the entrance to the stadium."

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