By Coral Barry

Steve McManaman has claimed that Liverpool have barely improved at all under manager Jurgen Klopp.

The Merseysiders comprehensively beat Manchester City 3-0 at Anfield on Wednesday night with one of the finest performances of the German’s five-month reign.

But McManaman, who spent nine years on Merseyside as a player, believes that Klopp has not helped what he believes is a “terrible” Liverpool side.

Speaking to BT Sport before the win over City, McManaman was asked whether he thought Liverpool had improved enough under the German.

“No, not at all,” said the pundit. “When he took over, I think there was a different aura around the place. Everybody believes and likes Jurgen Klopp and want him to do well, that goes without saying.

“But as a team, performance-wise, how can anybody argue that they’ve improved when its a draw, a loss, a draw, a loss and then beating Aston Villa.

“The girl guides are beating Aston Villa at this moment.”

Liverpool have won just eight times in 19 league games since Klopp arrived in October, although their win over City lifts the team to eighth in the Premier League table with a game in hand on many of their rivals.

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The Merseysiders are now six points behind fourth-placed City and retain faint hopes of securing the final Champions League spot.

Liverpool’s big names Daniel Sturridge and Philippe Coutinho were rested for the City victory and McManaman believes most of Klopp’s problems stem from his squad.

“This squad of players that he has inherited are clearly, clearly not good enough,” added McManaman.

Liverpool are back in action on Saturday against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.