Liverpool suffered a 2-0 defeat to Leicester City at the King Power Stadium on Tuesday night, and following the game manager Jurgen Klopp spent a lot of time praising the opposition rather than being critical of his own side. The German coach said he “didn’t feel too bad” after the match, but given his side are on course for their worst finish in the Premier League under his reign, he needs to start caring.
Klopp faring worse than predecessor Brendan Rodgers
The Merseysiders are currently 8th in the division with 34 points in 24 games. Klopp has accounted for 22 points from his 16 matches in charge. With the former Borussia Dortmund boss only averaging 1.38 points per game with Liverpool, the Reds are set to finish the season dangerously close to their worst Premier League total in their history.
The 2011/12 season saw Liverpool finish the season on 52 points, their worst total since the Premier League’s inception, and their lowest tally since 1981. As things stand, Klopp could be on course to set a new record. Liverpool have some gruelling games to come that are likely to see them drop more points. After facing Sunderland and Aston Villa in February, Liverpool have a tough fixture list ahead of them.
- (28/2/16) Liverpool v Everton
- (2/3/16) Liverpool v Manchester City
- (6/3/16) Crystal Palace v Liverpool
- (13/3/16) Liverpool v Chelsea
- (19/3/16) Southampton v Liverpool
- (2/4/16) Liverpool v Tottenham Hotspur
It’s perhaps worth noting that Klopp has already lost to Crystal Palace in the league as Liverpool manager, while dropping points to Southampton and Tottenham. The Reds drew in their first Merseysider derby of the season, so it’s hard to see where the wins will come from at this rate. Matters aren’t helped with the side currently ending the season considerably poorly too.
Reds enduring poor form at the worst time
Liverpool have lost three and drawn one of their last five games in the division overall, but have lost four in six on the road. Such struggles will be hard for Klopp to turn around in his season, and he could be in grave danger of leading the club to their worst league finish in the Premier League.
With the Reds only three points clear of 11th as the business end approaches, Liverpool are 5/1 to finish in the bottom-half of the Premier League come May. It’s hardly the debut season Klopp wanted after taking charge, and supporters aren’t likely to remain patient taking such a big step back.