By Danny Wright

Harry Redknapp has claimed that Jurgen Klopp has failed to take Liverpool to the next level since taking charge at Anfield.

The newly-appointed Birmingham manager believes that Klopp has struggled to make the Reds a true force at the top end of the Premier League table and says that not much has changed since Brendan Rodgers was sacked.

Liverpool are currently fourth in the standings and can make a huge stride towards qualifying for the Champions League with a win at West Ham on Sunday.

However Redknapp, 70, thinks that there is a glaringly obvious problem in Klopp’s squad that needs to be addressed as soon as possible.

“Brendan ended up almost winning the title. You know in the Chelsea game with the Stevie Gerrard slip but they were that close to winning it,” said Redknapp in a video on BT Sport Score’s official Twitter account on Saturday.

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“This team’s never really this year looked like a team that could win it so I don’t think they’ve moved forward.

“It looks a decent team with good forward play but the players aren’t good enough defensively. There’s still a lot of work to be done.”

Klopp took charge at Anfield following Rodgers’ sacking in October 2015.

The Northern Irish manager has since moved to Celtic and is within a whisker of securing a domestic treble and an unbeaten season in Scottish football.

His Liverpool predecessor, formerly of Borussia Dortmund, has taken charge of 97 games for the Reds, winning 48 times.

However Klopp is coming under increased scrutiny from pundits for his inability to repeat the success that Rodgers had in 2013/14.

Luis Suarez, Daniel Sturridge and Raheem Sterling were on top of their form for the Reds that season, but none of Klopp’s current squad have been able to get anywhere near to that level.

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