Liverpool were at the end of heavy 4-1 defeat to Tottenham at Wembley on Sunday and once again, Jurgen Klopp’s future is being questioned in some corners of the footballing universe.
Since taking over Klopp has lifted Liverpool back in to the Champions League, but he has failed to improve the one thing that essentially led to the sacking of Brendan Rodgers – the defence.
However, he has managed to assemble a pretty devastating attacking group of players at the other end of the team and it doesn’t take an expert to see that if Klopp can find a way of improving his defence, he’ll have a very capable Reds side on his hands.
But how long will it take him to do that, if at all? Should he be sacked or should Liverpool be more patient with his rock ‘n’ roll approach? Our writers have had their say below…
Jurgen Klopp is an idealist and that is starting to cost him dearly. While it worked for him at Dortmund, where he was given time to create and fine-tune a team around his principles, there’s a different kind of pressure at Liverpool, the pace of the English game is relentless and the Premier League is a far tougher top flight.
Klopp didn’t win the title until his third full season with Dortmund and I’m sure he’d bring some return if Liverpool stuck with him for a similar length of tenure, most likely a cup rather than the title. But the ultimate issue is that there are five other top-class managers in the Premier League, most of whom are much more pragmatic than the German.
Unless Klopp finds different ways of playing that protect Liverpool’s weaknesses in certain scenarios, the Reds will continue to be undone by the same old problems.
It’s too early to start talking about sacking Jurgen Klopp. That would be a knee-jerk reaction, and it’s not as if the club can’t grab a top four place and go on good runs in cup competitions, domestic and European.
Clearly, though, Liverpool’s main problem under Brendan Rodgers was a defence which wasn’t fit for purpose. The German coach hasn’t managed to improve on the bottom line and he needs to get that right sooner or later.
In the end, though, with Naby Keita arriving in the summer, and the prospect of moving for Virgil van Dijk too, it surely doesn’t make sense to invest nearly £100m in Klopp-style players for next summer only to sack him before he gets the chance to use them?