Ex-Premier League midfielder says players would ‘die’ for Jurgen Klopp

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has come under criticism of late following a horror start to 2017.

The Reds have claimed just one win in 10 games in all competitions and zero victories in the Premier League since the turn of the year.

Three draws and two defeats have resulted in the Merseyside outfit dropping out of the title rice as they currently sit 13 points adrift of leaders Chelsea after 24 games.

Not only have their title hopes been dashed, they face a fight to cement a top-four spot, with just five points separating second from sixth.

The lack of January spending has been a talking point, particularly after the club offloaded Mamadou Sakho to Crystal Palace on loan and had to use midfielder Lucas Leiva in defence against Hull City at the weekend when both Dejan Lovren and Ragnar Klavan were ruled out with injuries.

The game ended in a 2-0 defeat at the KCOM Stadium and now Liverpool have the task of trying to get back on track when they face Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield on Saturday.

While the media may be analysing Klopp, Kevin-Prince Boateng, who played under the German during a brief loan spell at Borussia Dortmund in 2009, has suggested that the players will be fully behind their manager.

In an interview with The Guardian, Boateng said:

“I could see it immediately. [Klopp] is the best coach in the whole world. He knows when to push you and when to comfort you. He knows when you need a drink, when you need water… He has everything.

“Ask the players and they’ll say: ‘He’s the best, I’d die for him.’ He knows exactly what every player needs and gives them time.”