Introduction: Jurgen Klopp has been the driving force behind the success of Liverpool Football Club since his arrival in 2015, taking the Reds to the pinnacle of English and European football. However, this season has seen a rapid decline in the team’s form, with no constant change of formation to keep the players fresh and able to utilize Klopp’s high-intensity style. This has caused plenty of discussion and criticism of Klopp, with many believing that he cannot avoid blame for the club’s malaise. Despite this, many people still believe that Klopp is the right man to fix the situation and that he should be trusted to do so. It is clear that the German coach needs to show more ruthlessness in order to turn things around, and he must do so without the help of any new transfers this month. With this in mind, it will be interesting to see how Klopp responds to the challenge ahead of him.
The view of Jurgen Klopp with his arms folded and his head bowed to the traveling cop was widely reported after Saturday’s defeat, prompting plenty of commentary for the coach.
The German has transformed the club since his arrival in 2015 and returned Liverpool to the pinnacle of English and European football, but this season it feels like so much time has passed.
Indeed, less than a year ago the Reds were chasing an unprecedented quadruple, an effort which in retrospect drained the life out of Klopp’s side.
With no constant change of formation to keep the squad fresh and able to utilize Klopp’s high-intensity style, we were now playing in slow motion.
There are countless reasons that can be given for Liverpool’s rapid decline, and after the Brighton defeat they were all well discussed, including the lack of investment in the squad.
But as for of Klopp role, two points became abundantly clear on social media: firstly, the coach cannot avoid being blamed for this malaise, and secondly, you would sell as many players as you want before letting him go.
I can’t avoid criticism
Klopp is trusted to fix the situation, but many admit that he cannot escape blame or criticism:
Klopp’s loyalty to his players was a huge strength over the years when they won every game as it worked both ways. Ironically, Klopp being loyal to the same players who have already seen him through has cost him. #LFC
— Shane Fitzpatrick (@fitz_xoxo) January 14, 2023
What is Klopp’s biggest weakness?
This is also one of its biggest positives.
But he’s also stubborn, so he can be overly loyal to players who clearly aren’t performing, just because he is.
He has to be relentless about recovery. End of cycle.
— Nick Collins (@Nick___Collins) January 14, 2023
A picture is worth a thousand words
of Klopp the face-to-face photos evoked many emotions and thoughts about the coach and his future:
I would never want Klopp to go. I would sell every single player on this team and let them rebuild from scratch before I fire them.
But he is not infallible. And he’s made a lot of mistakes lately. Especially supporting some of our crappy players and not calling out the lack of funds.
— Geggie* (@RobGeggie) January 14, 2023
You support the manager because of what he has done. You can also get frustrated with him and sympathize with him at the same time.
— Carl (@TheCenci) January 14, 2023
This is not entirely new territory for Klopp, as his sides Mainz and Borussia Dortmund succumbed to similar trajectories after a long period.
He needs to show ruthlessness to transform the team, tactically and with the personnel he currently has, if there are no other transfers this month, there is no other choice.
Klopp there is a lot of merit and you sense that he will leave before he is pushed, but we are a long way from that point.