Liverpool have been accused of “going backwards” by former Red Steve McMahon who was surprised they didn’t spend heavily following their title success.
The Reds have endured a horror campaign and face a battle to qualifying for next season’s Champions League.
It comes less than a year after the Merseysiders cruised to the title to end a 30-year wait for a top flight success.
Injuries to key men this season, especially in defence, have played a major role in their decline however.
Klopp opted not to bring in a new centre-half when Dejan Lovren left the club, but did add Diogo Jota and Thiago.
McMahon though is surprised the Liverpool boss didn’t spend more heavily in an effort to continue their dominance.
“The art of top teams is ‘spend when you’re on top’, but they’ve gone backwards in the Premier League because everyone else is moving forward.
“I would have thought you’d sign two or three when you’re on the up, not when you are struggling.
“Nine times out of ten Klopp knows his best team. When you start tinkering and your best XI isn’t available, and you have a few adverse results, that’s when you start to question your team and ask, ‘am I selecting the right players in the right positions?’.
“It’s been difficult for Liverpool getting through this period and you’d have liked Liverpool to get a few more points, but they haven’t been able to do that.
“It’s a shame and they are clinging on to get a European position.”
Wins for their rivals means Klopp’s team sit in sixth – two points outside the top four ahead of this weekend’s derby at Anfield.