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Jurgen Klopp’s future questioned at Liverpool

David Nugent in Editorial, English Premier League 6 Feb 2017

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Questions have been asked about Jurgen Klopp’s ability to move Liverpool forward

If any other manager of a Premier League club had only won one of his previous 10 games of a club his future at said club would be in question.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has that exact record and it has led to some questions from the Reds fans and neutrals alike about the German’s ability to move Liverpool forward.

A terrible run of form

Liverpool started the Premier League campaign like a steam train. They were outscoring everybody in the league and playing a fantastic brand of football into the bargain.

The likes of Philippe Coutinho, Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Adam Lallana could do no wrong.

Since the turn of the year, everything seems to have changed. The Reds have won just one of their last ten games in all competitions in 2017 and that was against League Two Plymouth Argyle. Klopp’s side even needed to two games to beat Derek Adams side.

Four defeats from their last five games suggest something is very wrong at Liverpool. Four games without a win at Anfield and three defeats in all competitions is almost a disaster for Liverpool fans.

The optimism of the Liverpool fans over their team and especially their boss seems to be on the wane. This happens to most football bosses at some point in their careers, but Jurgen Klopp really needs to do something to turn the current situation around.

Klopp has to be to blame for some of the slump

I have never hidden my admiration for Jurgen Klopp on these pages. Despite being the Liverpool boss I still like him. I will like him more if the Reds current slump continues for the rest of the campaign and the Blues overtake the Reds in the table.

On a serious note, though, Klopp has to take some of the blame for the current situation. His style of play is highly effective when executed right. However, the German does not seem to have a plan B for when things are going wrong.

His managerial career has had a lot of ups in the past, but it has also had its downs. He was relegated with Mainz having guided them to promotion. His final season at Dortmund saw BVB bottom of the table for much of the campaign before a late rally saw them finish seventh.

The way Klopp wants his team to play is exciting to watch, no doubt about it. However, it seems that Premier League teams have figured the Reds out now. The German can no longer play the same style, as teams have learnt to combat his ‘heavy-metal’ football and turned it into easy listening.

Klopp now needs to adapt his style of play or the current slump will continue. The Reds are already out of the race for the Premier League title. If they want to avoid a similar fate with the top-four places then something needs to change.

Liverpool players are not good enough

Klopp must take a share of the blame. However, the players at Liverpool are simply not good enough to win the league title. The likes of Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City spent millions in the summer strengthening their teams.

Liverpool are reported to have made a profit on their transfer deals in the summer. Klopp was not signing the Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s or N’Golo Kante’s. He was signing the likes of Ragnar Klavan and Loris Karius. Klopp was not exactly shopping in the bargain basement, but the maybe the next floor up.

It is unsurprising that Liverpool are only competing for a top-four place, which they are odds of 10/11 to achieve this season. In the grand scheme of things, a top-four finish would have to be considered a good season for Liverpool.

I still rated Jurgen Klopp very highly and I expect the Reds form to improve in the near future. The German showed at Dortmund he has the managerial acumen to turn things around and move the Reds forward in the future.

Can Jurgen Klopp turn things around at Liverpool?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

David Nugent


David is a freelance football writer with nearly a decade of experience writing about the beautiful game. The 33-year-old has written for over a dozen websites and also an international soccer magazine offline.
Arguably his best work has come as an editorial writer for Soccernews, sharing his good, bad and ugly opinions on the world’s favourite sport. During David’s writing career he has written editorials, betting previews, match previews, banter, news and opinion pieces.

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