Tuesday, October 4, 2022

Is Jurgen Klopp’s Time At Liverpool Really Nearing It’s End?

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Anas Molla
An ageing teenager who apparently still likes Twenty One Pilots and HIMYM. Also fascinated by Greek and Egyptian mythology and history. Still waiting for my man Milos Raonic to win a Grand Slam.

It hasn’t exactly been a great week for Liverpool, even more so for Jurgen Klopp. Following an embarrassing 5-0 defeat at the hands of Manchester City, the Reds drew against Sevilla, were held at home against Burnley, and bizarrely, got knocked out of the English League Cup by Leicester City this midweek.

The 2-0 defeat to Leicester, in particular, has irked criticism of manager Jurgen Klopp. In fact, former Premier League goal-scoring legend Alan Shearer ditched the 50-year-old coach just before their midweek clash, claiming that Liverpool hasn’t got any better since the departure of Brendan Rodgers.

‘The truth… is that Liverpool is no different under boss Klopp than they were under Brendan Rodgers,’ Shearer wrote in his column for The Sun(alert!), after Liverpool were held to a 1-1 draw at home by Burnley at the weekend.

‘What I witnessed on Saturday in their draw at home to Burnley was laughable. I am left wondering just what he does on the training ground when the same defensive errors are repeated week in, week out.’

Liverpool’s defensive mishap has always been under the cosh, ever since their 3-3 draw with Watford in the opening matchday. Fans also criticized the former Dortmund boss of being far too reliant on offence and neglecting to look after the defence. Which may yet be true, considering the fact that only the struggling Everton(10) and West Ham(10) have conceded more than Liverpool(9) this season. The Reds have also conceded more goals than any other team in the top half of the table.

If we take a look at DailyStar’s excellently compiled list of previous sacked Premier League manager and their records in the past decade, Jurgen Klopp’s chances of staying at Liverpool for this entire season is looking bleak. The 50-year-old has the joint worst record among the sacked managers of the top clubs in the past decade. With a 50% win accuracy, Klopp

With a 50% win accuracy, Klopp has currently tied with previous boss Brendan Rodgers and former Spurs boss Tim Sherwood as the three worst managers. In fact, both of the previous two Manchester United bosses have better records than Jurgen Klopp. David Moyes(52.94%) and Louis Van Gaal(52.43%), both serve an above 50% win record coaching the Red Devils, which clearly suggests the fact that Klopp isn’t far away from being sacked either.

However, the charismatic, German coach does have the chance to make amends as his team faces Leicester City again in their next Premier League fixture. They will be aiming for a sweet revenge against the Foxes, as Klopp looks to save himself from the sacking this weekend. However, if the poor form continues, we might finally witness the end of Klopp’s tenure as Liverpool coach even before the International break at the start of October.

But make no mistake, Liverpool as a club certainly deserves better performances than what they have achieved. Their current crop of players have every right to claim the Premier League title but the underwhelming performances week in week out has left the club in disarray at the moment. Whether or not does Jurgen Klopp faces the sack will be interesting to see.

A club should always have a right plan or a right motive before making important decisions. Abolishing a system without having a new one to replace it, will see the club lavishing in the Premier League even more with lack of cynosure and identity.

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