Jurgen Klopp must win a trophy to be considered a success at Liverpool, Reds legend Graeme Souness tells talkSPORT

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The former player and manager of Liverpool admitted it will be very hard to topple the “exceptional” Manchester City but believes it can be done

Whether Jurgen Klopp wins a trophy or not at Liverpool marks if the German has been a success at Anfield, according to ex-Liverpool player and manager Graeme Souness.

Klopp arrived at Anfield in October 2015, replacing Brendan Rodgers as manager and despite enjoying some success he has yet to win a trophy.

Klopp on his first day as Liverpool boss

Klopp on his first day as Liverpool boss

He guided the Reds to the League Cup and Europa League finals in 2016 as well as the 2018 Champions League final but they fell short each time.

The Reds are dangerously close to making an early exit from this season’s Champions League after losing 2-1 to Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday night.

This prompted talkSPORT host Adrian Durham to argue Klopp is running out of time to deliver success at the club.

And Souness somewhat echoed these views, saying Klopp has to win a trophy.

Klopp just moved out on bringing a sixth European crown back to Anfield

Klopp just moved out on bringing a sixth European crown back to Anfield

Souness admitted it would be a tall order for Liverpool because of Manchester City’s outstanding form but claimed beating Pep Guardiola’s men to the Premier League or Champions League titles is not an impossible task.

Souness said: “I think he [Klopp] has done a fantastic job.

“When you look at the recruitment, whether it’s him or a group of people who decide who to bring in, has been fabulous up until last summer.

“The brand of football excites Liverpool supporters and he himself is a passionate man.

“But Liverpool have to win a trophy and that decides whether he’s been successful or not. They’re not far away and I think they’re unfortunate that Manchester City are such an exceptional team.

“That doesn’t mean they can’t pip City to the Champions League or the Premier League though.

“I think right now he’s as popular as the day he walked into the place but he will have to win something.”

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