Barnes urges Liverpool to switch focus after claiming Reds have peaked

Liverpool legend John Barnes has said that Jurgen Klopp’s side must think about maintaining their consistency following Saturday’s Club World Cup triumph.

Having won the Champions League in June and secured the Super Cup in June, the Reds added their first Club World Cup to their trophy cabinet courtesy of a 1-0 extra-time victory over Flamengo on Saturday.

Klopp’s charges will return to England fully focused on clinching their first Premier League crown – as well as defending their Champions League win – but Barnes is not so sure the squad can improve as a team.

Speaking to the Sunday Mirror, the Liverpool legend urged his former side to focus on maintaining their standards of performance to pick up more silverware.

“In terms of what they have done so far, I can see them doing it again next year,” the 56-year-old said.

“But if Man City or Man United spend lots of money to improve, can we say that Liverpool are definitely going to win the league? No.

“But in terms of what Jurgen Klopp has been then it is phenomenal. You have to maintain your consistency and I don’t think this Liverpool team can actually get any better but they can be as consistent.

“Now a team can spend hundreds of millions whereas in the past that didn’t happen. It took time. But now a team can rapidly improve because of the spending power.

“I think it’s much harder to dominate, win the league and maintain your position at the very top than it was in my day.

 

 

“But in terms of them to actually be as successful, it’s there.”

Elsewhere, Klopp has said that he struggled to find words to sum up the respect he has for his team after Saturday’s result.

Speaking after the match in Doha, the German said: “In moments like this, and from a few moments in the past, I struggle to find the right words not in my native language.

“I struggle to find the words to express my respect for the boys, it was incredible. We did so many good things.

“I saw so many sensationally-good performances and I am really happy.”

Liverpool return to Premier League action on Boxing Day with a trip to the King Power Stadium to face Leicester.

 

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