An honest review of Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool career to date

Cameron Boyd Roar Rookie

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    Liverpool have been under Jurgen Klopp for just over two years, dating back to October the eighth 2015.

    There have been different opinions on whether or not there have been improvements at the club since Klopp’s arrival on Merseyside, and I am strong believer his reign has not been a success.

    He has not fulfilled what he was brought in to do, which is to put together a strong challenge for the English Premier League Title.

    Many optimists of the club will say Liverpool have been competitive in the league and may have even been close to winning it, however Klopp’s poor game management and inability to fix the defence and find a goalkeeper have been problematic.

    Despite sitting in the top four, Liverpool have one of the worst defensive records of any Premier League club. Everybody knows Alberto Moreno, Dejan Lovren and Ragnar Klavan are not capable, so what are they doing there?

    Liverpool were linked with Virgil Van Dijk all summer but negotiations were never going to be friendly. Why was there not a plan B when it came to a new centre back?

    On a positive note Klopp has improved Liverpool’s record against top six opposition since his arrival, racking up nine wins, nine draws and two losses from 20 games. Liverpool’s biggest weakness however is their record against bottom teams – where they have continually dropped points.

    All small clubs know the game plan against Liverpool is sit deep and compact and wait for a set piece to score.

    Another record that Klopp won’t be proud of is his record in Cup competitions, particularly in finals. Last season Liverpool got knocked out of both English Cup competitions by Wolverhampton and Southampton.

    Klopp’s teams have made finals but only on two occasions at Dortmund did he come out a winner, In Klopp’s first season at Liverpool they made the cup final against Man City.

    The Europa League Final was another example when then controlled the first half against Sevilla but imploded in the second half, a common theme with Klopp at Liverpool.

    Liverpool are one of the world’s biggest clubs, so this is simply not good enough.

    I suggest that Klopp has until the end of the season to win something, after which he will leave. I think Carlo Ancelotti would be a good fit. He won the Champions League and has a more defensive structure which would balance the team better and lead to a competitive challenge for trophies.

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    • December 11th 2017 @ 8:39pm
      steve said | December 11th 2017 @ 8:39pm | ! Report

      I wish people would stop ragging on Lovren and Klavan. Liverpools worst CB is Joel Matip, the guy is a horrible defender, terrible in the air, often out of position and lazy to recover it, and often sells his fellow CB partner and RB into trouble. Our CB pairing at present should be Dejan Lovren and Joe Gomez.
      And Ancelotti wont be coaching Liverpool anytime soon. That said Klopp isn’t going anywhere in the short term, certainly not at seasons end. He will be around at least for the next season or two.
      Virgil Van Dijk isn’t a Liverpool player for any other reason than Jurgen Klopp illegally tapped him up forcing the owners to renounce all interest in the player publically.

    • December 12th 2017 @ 9:22am
      Worried said | December 12th 2017 @ 9:22am | ! Report

      An honest review of Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool career to date ????
      No its not!
      It is just your opinion.. and thats OK! but don’t representit as anything more!

    • Roar Guru

      December 12th 2017 @ 3:31pm
      Ben of Phnom Penh said | December 12th 2017 @ 3:31pm | ! Report

      Hi Cameron,

      in order to provide a review there needs to be some context and also an assessment of the positive and negative aspects in order to justify the position you have arrived at.

      In order of context it should be remembered that Leceister City, Blackburn Rovers and Leeds United are all more recent Champions of English football.

      Good luck with your future writing and remember that it is always difficult to be objective when you are a fan.

      BOPP

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