- Just before his anniversary game as manager, Jürgen Klopp is under pressure to succeed. Liverpool are behind their own expectations this season.
- The 55-year-old would love to be in charge of a team change this summer and isn’t thinking about saying goodbye to Anfield Road.
- Especially in the center of attention: Jude Bellingham from Borussia Dortmund.
Said last weekend
The league game against Brighton was the 998th in Klopp’s coaching career, which began at Mainz in 2001. This Saturday, the Swabian will mark a personal anniversary with his 1,000th game as manager when they meet Chelsea . Currently, Liverpool and Chelsea are neighbors in the Premier League – in ninth and tenth place. The disappointment is great at both big clubs, but the coaches are in completely different pressure situations.
While Chelsea manager Graham Potter slowly has to worry about his job security, Klopp is staying safe. Nevertheless, critical voices are heard around Anfield Road, for example accusing the 55-year-old of loyalty to deserving players. Something similar was also heard at Mainz and Dortmund when, for a change, things didn’t go well during Klopp’s career.
The team has been together for a long time
Klopp certainly enjoys sticking with players he’s already been successful with and also gets along well personally. This was already the case in Germany and hasn’t changed since moving to England in 2015. After all, many of Liverpool’s current players were involved in the 2019 Champions League victory and the victory of the Premier League 2020.
Squad changes have been particularly frequent of late when necessitated by departures, as illustrated by the signings of Darwin Núñez and Cody Gakpo following the loss of Sadio Mané this season. However, Klopp is not beyond doubt and will have to make some sharper cuts this summer.
Klopp: ‘I won’t go’
“When I left Dortmund back then, I said I had to change something. It’s a different situation now, but if you want it’s still similar,” Klopp said after the loss to Brighton. “Either there are changes in the coaching position or a lot of other things have to change. As for me, unless I hear otherwise, I’m not going.”
Observers around Anfield Road don’t expect Klopp to leave either. “The season is more difficult than expected. There are factors contributing to this,” said Paul Joyce, Liverpool reporter for the famous daily. The temperature, our editorial team. “The high number of games last season and the many injuries are a huge burden. That’s why the team didn’t find each other and there’s a lot of inconsistency. But somehow Klopp is motivated by the challenge he faces.”
Veteran contracts are expiring
More or less directly, Klopp announces a change of squad under his leadership. James Milner, Roberto Firmino, Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain all expire and chances are none of the four working papers will be renewed.
Milner, Firmino and Oxlade-Chamberlain are particularly deserving players who, together with Klopp, have risen from the Premier League mid-table to the top of European football; but none of the possible departures would be unimaginable, but in return could signal a desire for change. From now on, Liverpool would like to extend Firmino.
Liverpool and the owners of Fenway Sports Group (FSG) have always been willing to invest large sums in the transfer market in the recent past, although it has often been other clubs who have brought them attention with transfers. horrible. Attacking quartet Luis Díaz, Fábio Carvalho, Darwin Núñez and Cody Gakpo have cost the Reds around £180m in transfer fees alone over the past twelve months.
Owners could provide more money
However, Liverpool expert Joyce points out that the FSG actually rely on the club’s financial self-sufficiency. “It will be difficult to manage expensive transfers if Liverpool do not reach the Champions League, which is what it looks like at the moment,” said Joyce.
The “Reds” are currently ten points behind in fourth place, which would be enough for the premier class. “Also, the club doesn’t really have any players who are going to be sold and who would make a lot of money if sold.”
In the past, Liverpool have strengthened the squad through sales. When Philippe Coutinho was sold to FC Barcelona in January 2018 for 135 million euros, defender Virgil van Dijk and goalkeeper Alisson Becker were signed, who proved to be important pillars on the way to the Champions League title. .
“Although the financial situation does not seem optimal these days, the club can still hope for additional funds from the owners, as indicated by manager Billy Hogan, who has been installed by the FSG,” says Joyce .
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The focus is not again on the attack, which is itself first class. Now it’s all about stabilizing the back lines, as Liverpool’s defense is statistically weaker than at any point in Klopp’s tenure, with a figure of 1.71 expected goals conceded per game. Since 2014, at least one higher-scoring team has been relegated to the Premier League every season.
After investing in forwards, a new midfield star should also arrive this summer. The transfer of Aurélien Tchouaméni failed last summer. Instead, he moved from AS Monaco to Real Madrid.
Now the attention of the “reds” is on
- Interview with “The Times” correspondent Paul Joyce
- Statements by Jurgen Klopp after the game at Brighton on January 14
Jürgen Klopp can be happy about Dutch World Cup discovery Cody Gakpo. As his former club PSV Eindhoven announced on Monday evening, the 23-year-old striker “will immediately travel to England, where he will complete the necessary formalities for the transfer” to the reference English football club, Liverpool FC.
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