Danny Murphy thinks Jurgen Klopp will be slightly concerned about Liverpool’s recent performances despite their perfect start to the Premier League season.
The Reds have made a fantastic start to the season with seven wins out of seven matches this term that sees them lead champions Manchester City by five points.
“He’ll be a little bit disappointed with the performance,” said Murphy of Klopp, “especially following [matches against] Chelsea and Napoli, because although they won at Chelsea they rode their luck a little bit. I think he will be a bit concerned.
“When you are a top team and you’re having the success Liverpool are having, you play sometimes in a comfort zone; what I mean by that is, you’re playing Sheffield United away and you start the game a bit lackadaisical, thinking ‘we’re better than these’ and with a ‘we only have to turn up’ type attitude.
“And then you are on the back foot. But they never went a goal behind, and they do what they need to do to get through the game.
“But you can’t keep doing that and getting away with it.
“They got the win through a bad goalkeeping error, but the mindset has to be a bit better and sharper from Liverpool, because they have got away with it in recent weeks.
“I’m all for them winning ugly, but the overall performance in recent weeks will be concerning, because a performance, if it is bad, will generally get punished. And good performances get you wins generally.
“Liverpool can play better than they are, which is great, and if they play better they will probably win more matches.
“But the thing at the moment is playing average and winning games is a great habit to have, but you have to be careful, because the level of performance for Liverpool and bar they’ve set themselves hasn’t been good enough.”