Liverpool suffered a disastrous defeat at Leicester City
It’s safe to say that Liverpool’s poor effort at Leicester City yesterday has sent the club into a bit of a panic. The paranoia extends to Jurgen Klopp as well. The German manager expressed some concern over his job security in the aftermath of his side’s 3-1 defeat at the King Power Stadium.
Klopp told reporters after the Leicester match that both he and his players were playing for their future. While I do believe that quite a few members of Klopp’s squad are fighting for a place in next year’s Liverpool team, I don’t think for a moment that Klopp is in danger.
Instead of striking a chord of solidarity with his players, I expect most of the Liverpool squad simply rolled their eyes at Klopp’s latest motivational tactic. The fiery German has gotten a lot out of his side’s talent level this season, but many of his stars seem to be running out of gas. Klopp is definitely showing signs of desperation.
That’s why he’s trying to play on his player’s affinity for him personally to improve their performance. Frankly, Klopp seems to be out of other ideas. He’s tried to rotate the squad, change up training methods and even shift tactics. The unfortunate reality may be that Liverpool are residing exactly where they should be in the Premier League table.
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This season may be a year too early for Liverpool to crack the top four. In particular, it doesn’t seem like the Reds have a back four capable of earning them Champions League qualification. It’s safe to say that I agree with Jame Carragher’s assessment of Lucas as a centre back.
Despite losing five out of seven matches, the future at Anfield is still very bright. Jurgen Klopp is a dynamic manager who clearly has the dressing room on his side. Just ask Claudio Ranieri how valuable that can be for a manager.
Jurgen Klopp simply needs to take a deep breath and gain some perspective about where Liverpool are at the moment. He isn’t fighting for his job. He’s just fighting to get everything he can out of the squad at his disposal. Unfortunately, it may not be quite talented enough to meet his high standards.