Paul Ince has blasted Jurgen Klopp for failing to find a formula for success in two years at Liverpool , and claims their title challenge could already be over if they fail to beat Manchester United on Saturday.
The 49-year-old believes the Red Devils are streets ahead of their Merseyside foes, and says that Klopp has more to prove than counterpart Jose Mourinho going into the latest installment of the fiercest rivalry in English football.
Talking to Paddy Power, he said: “Klopp hasn’t found the right formula for his team yet, and after this length of time at the club, with the players he has, he really should have.
“I think United have to prove they really are title contenders, but I actually think Klopp has more to prove than Mourinho.
“If Liverpool lose, could you really class them as title contenders? I can’t see it anyway, and if they drop three more points here they’re not going to make that gap up – no chance.”
Ince made 81 appearances for Liverpool having previously spent six successful seasons anchoring Sir Alex Ferguson’s midfield at Old Trafford, and he believes Mourinho’s men are widening the gap over their greatest enemy much the way Fergie did during his 26 season trophy binge.
The former Macclesfield, MK Dons, Blackburn and Blackpool boss said: “If you look at the two sides at the minute, you have to say United are way ahead of Liverpool.
“They seem to know what they’re doing, and that shows in the way that they’re playing.”