Speaking exclusively to Football FanCast, former Premier League midfielder Carlton Palmer has backed Jurgen Klopp to stay at Liverpool.
There has been some talk about Klopp leaving the Merseyside club, with The Mirror recently reporting that there are fears at Anfield that the Reds boss is keen on succeeding Joachim Low as Germany manager.
This comes after what has been a difficult season for the German and Liverpool, who find themselves miles away from runaway leaders Manchester City and in a battle to secure Champions League football.
Without a doubt, Liverpool’s defence of their Premier League title has been a disappointing one. That alone, however, will not be enough to see Klopp out of Anfield, according to Palmer, who has described the former Borussia Dortmund manager as a “strong character”.
In an exclusive interview with FFC, Palmer said:
“I think he’s had a difficult time this year. I mean, his mother’s died and he’s had a difficult time. I wouldn’t see Jurgen leaving Liverpool to take the Germany job, I would see him leaving Liverpool to have a break. Sometimes, you know, emotionally and everything, things get a bit on top of you.”
Speaking on the subject further, Palmer added: “I’ve seen too much of Jurgen, I’ve seen too much of his strong character. Knowing him, I think he’ll want to finish the season strongly, finish in the top four and then have a tilt and prove that them winning the league wasn’t a fluke.”
While Liverpool’s title defence looks all but over, there is still much to play for. As well as fighting for Champions League qualification, the Reds have a chance to win the trophy before the start of next season.
They head into the second leg of their last-16 tie against RB Leipzig in a strong position, having won the first encounter 2-0, leaving them 90 minutes away from making it to the quarter-finals of Europe’s elite competition.