Sunday People

Wadd a battle Klopp is facing this season

- By John Richardson

CHRIS WADDLE believes Newcastle can inflict more pain on Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp, who is facing a make or break season according to the former England star.

And Waddle says Liverpool’s defence is an accident waiting to happen – with the Toon ready to take full advantage this afternoon.

“I have always enjoyed watching Jurgen Klopp’s teams,” Waddle (right) admitted. “But it’s not just the loss of Jordan Henderson, James Milner and Fabinho on the field –

I’m certain Jurgen is missing them in the changing room.

“It’s alright bringing younger players in but let’s see over the season whether they are good enough. Will someone like Dominik Szoboszlai perform to the consistent level?

“I can see Liverpool scoring 75-80 goals in the Premier

League and conceding

75-80 goals. Defensivel­y they are not good enough to win the league.

“I can see them having problems at the back that were exposed last week against

Bournemout­h. At Chelsea they looked good going forward but defensivel­y they were very suspect. “Jurgen has got a decent forward line, the midfield is OK – but defensivel­y, not for me.”

A suspect defence and a troubled transfer window sees Klopp with things to prove. Waddle said: “It’s going to be a big season because having missed out on the top four and

Champions League last season they will be determined to put that right.

“Worryingly in the transfer market they got outbid for some of the players they went for. That’s not like Liverpool. This could prove to be Jurgen Klopp’s toughest season.”

Ahead of today’s visit, Waddle added: “Newcastle had a solid defence last season – no one smashed them 4-0 or 5-0 – that doesn’t happen any more.

“OK, I can see Liverpool maybe scoring a couple of goals but I can’t see them keeping Newcastle out.

“I also think Newcastle will end up finishing higher than Liverpool. I can see Newcastle grabbing one of the top-four spots – but Liverpool will have a real fight to get there.”

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