Former Liverpool striker and club legend Robbie Fowler believes Jurgen Klopp must win a trophy at Anfield soon to truly progress Liverpool’s development under his tenure.
The Reds have come agonizingly close to winning the League Cup, the Europa League and Champions League since Klopp took up the reins at Liverpool, falling just short on all three occasions.
And now, with the club actively challenging for the Premier League title and still in the Champions League, Fowler thinks it’s time for Klopp to add silverware to the famous trophy cabinet at Anfield.
“A gauge is getting as high up in the league as they can. As much as we talk about Liverpool being this unbelievable side who are easy on the eye and great to watch, there comes a time when you need to start winning stuff,” Fowler said recently on Sky Sports.
“I think Jurgen Klopp’s getting together a great, great squad but I think one of the problems we have is Manchester City are brilliant.
“That’s one of the big problems. You can get a wonderful side put together but you’ve got to try and catch them and then hang onto their coat tails.”
Fowler was asked if a top-four finish with no trophies would be sufficient for Liverpool, but the former Reds forward believes Liverpool should be aiming higher.
“For me, no. It really isn’t [enough] because I’m not one of these fans that think you should be celebrating finishing fourth. I think a chairman or the owners should be the ones celebrating. For me that’s celebrating mediocrity. I’ve always wanted to win stuff.
“I wanted to be remembered for what trophies I won as opposed to where I finished in the league. I understand why clubs are happy finishing in the top four but I think a club the size of Liverpool’s stature should be finishing in the top four all the time anyway.
“As I said before, there comes a time when you need to win a trophy. I don’t care if it’s a League Cup. People will belittle that but I’ve won one, it’s a brilliant trophy. When you think of football in terms of what you can win there’s an FA Cup, a League Cup, the Premier League and the Champions League. There are only four trophies so it’s tough.”