Jurgen Klopp needs to win a trophy for his Liverpool future, warns ex-Reds striker John Toshack

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The club have lost in the Champions League, Europa League and League Cup finals since the manager’s arrival in 2015

John Toshack says a decision should be made on Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool future if he fails to win a trophy this season.

The Reds have lost in the Champions League, Europa League and League Cup finals since the manager’s arrival in 2015.

Jurgen Klopp celebrated his 300th win as a manager after Liverpool’s 3-0 victory over Watford on Saturday

Jurgen Klopp celebrated his 300th win as a manager after Liverpool’s 3-0 victory over Watford on Saturday

And despite the German turning Liverpool into Premier League contenders, their six-year wait for silverware goes on.

Former Liverpool striker Toshack feels Klopp must end that wait this term to avoid question marks over his Anfield future.

“If Liverpool don’t win a trophy this year then they’ve got a decision to make [about Klopp],” said the Welshman, who won three league titles with the Reds between 1970 and 1978.

“Things look really good at the moment, but this is Klopp’s third full season at Liverpool and this is the acid test for him.

“You can be unlucky not to win a trophy, but at the top clubs that’s what matters.

Toshack won three league titles as a player with Liverpool and later won La Liga as Real boss

Toshack won three league titles as a player with Liverpool and later won La Liga as Real boss

“It’s such a fine dividing line, but when you’re at a club like Liverpool that’s what it’s all about.”

Klopp signed a new six-year deal with Liverpool in 2016 – and has been given sufficient transfer funds during his time on Merseyside.

Liverpool spent £160 million in the summer transfer window – the most of any Premier League club – bringing in Alisson Becker, Naby Keita, Fabinho and Xherdan Shaqiri.

The Reds are seen as Manchester City‘s closest challengers for the Premier League title.

“Klopp seems a super guy,” Toshack, who counts Real Madrid as one of the many teams he has managed.

“He’s open with the players and tells it how it is.

“Maybe he’s too passionate at times, but the dividing line is so thin between first and second.

“You feel City have got the edge with Pep Guardiola because they’ve got trophies behind them. That’s a big thing and Liverpool haven’t won any yet.”

Both Liverpool and City are unbeaten in the Premier League this season with just two points separating them and that’s good, according to Guardiola as the Reds’ strength helps keep his players on their toes.

“[My players] knew, I didn’t tell them but they knew how strong Liverpool are, and they know that we can’t drop points because if we do then Liverpool is going to win the league,” he explained.

“You can say Liverpool, Chelsea the same or Tottenham in that moment, Arsenal as well. To compete you need good opponents close and this season we have it here and in Europe.”

Liverpool are playing excellent football under Jurgen Klopp

Liverpool are playing excellent football under Jurgen Klopp
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