'A giant German cheerleader' - Joey Barton blasts overrated Jurgen Klopp
Liverpool were forced to settle for a 3-3 draw against Watford on Saturday (Picture: Getty)

Joey Barton has branded Jurgen Klopp nothing more than a ‘giant German cheerleader’ and believes the Liverpool manager is heavily overrated.

Klopp could only watch on powerless as calamitous defending resulted in his side squandering two points in their opening game of the season, with Miguel Britos scoring a late equaliser in a pulsating 3-3 draw at Vicarage Road.

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Speaking ahead of the game, Barton told talkSPORT: ‘He is not trophy-laden like Mourinho or Guardiola, so we have to be sceptical of him.

‘He has gone in with all this charisma and seems a down to earth, nice guy, but I always worry when I see him prancing up and down the touchline. He is like a giant German cheerleader for them!

‘To be a top manager, you have got to have more than that. He has got a terrible record in finals.

'A giant German cheerleader' - Joey Barton blasts overrated Jurgen Klopp
Miguel Britos scored a late equaliser (Picture: Getty)
'A giant German cheerleader' - Joey Barton blasts overrated Jurgen Klopp
Liverpool at least look impressive in attack (Picture: Getty)

‘I’m not buying the Klopp aura and that he is this super coach. His career doesn’t point that way.

‘He has got one league title, one cup, in 2011/12. His Dortmund career ended in a hole in the ground. He lost the players, he lost the dressing room. They were fighting relegation.

‘He had a great season last season against the top seven – phenomenal – but where you step up and win the Premier League is against the bottom 13. Against the bottom 13, he lost six games. Why? Because teams sit in and say ‘we are not going to chase you down, harass you, you can have the ball in a certain area of the park and we are going to sit back and counter you’, which is what Liverpool have done.

'A giant German cheerleader' - Joey Barton blasts overrated Jurgen Klopp
Barton believes Jurgen Klopp is just a ‘giant German cheerleader’ (Picture: Getty)

‘The ego of the big teams is they say ‘we have to play against Liverpool and take you on’ and that leaves you vulnerable to Liverpool’s strengths. The opposite position of that is the teams who say ‘actually, you can have the ball, we are not interested’ and Liverpool have found that a problem. Are they going to find that more of a problem without Coutinho, a magician who can unlock defences? I would say so.

‘Liverpool’s game plan will be high-intensity, high-distance running, because that is what they did last season and that is what they have done in pre-season.

‘The players he has bought – Salah, Mane – they are players to get in behind defences. If you take that space away and sit deep, it doesn’t matter how quick Salah is and how quick Mane is, that is when you need a Coutinho.

‘They are not going to have a Coutinho this season. I think it is only a matter of time before he leaves, contrary to what Liverpool people think.’

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