Klopp Facing Must Win Arsenal Clash
Jurgen Klopp is a media darling, a fan’s favourite and loved by all right? Well we caught up with Craig Garrett editor at footballpredictions.com according to him the pressure is starting to mount on Liverpool’s enigmatic boss after defeat to Leicester on Monday night was heavily criticised for the reds lacklustre performance.
Klopp has now managed Liverpool in 85 games in all competitions and remarkably his stats compared to Rodgers after the same amount of games actually falls short.
Klopp has claimed 41 wins whereas in 85 games Rodgers had 44, Klopp’s side have only scored 153 times compared to Rodgers 173 during the same period.
Of course, comparing stats is a give and take exercise as the counter argument is that Klopp has actually lost less times (19 to Rodgers 21) and conceded less (93 to Rodgers 101).
But the point being is that progress is what Liverpool need and despite early season optimism, things appear to be going backwards at Anfield. Craig even predicted that Liverpool will finish top 4 this Season according to their season preview.
At the beginning of December, Liverpool were second in the table and just a few points behind leaders Chelsea with many making their football betting predictions on Liverpool to claim a first ever Premier League title.
Fast forward three months and they now sit fifth in the league, fourteen points behind Chelsea with only one win in their last seven league games.
Long gone is any chance of the title, but now they are facing the threat of missing out on the Champions League altogether and have slipped out to odds against for qualification next season.
This worrying form has seen some start to lose a little patience with the former Borussia Dortmund manager with many comparing him to Brendan Rodgers.
For the first time in his Mersey-side career, Klopp is finding himself under pressure as he faces a crunch tie against top four rivals Arsenal at the weekend.
The game at Anfield could be a blessing in disguise and an opportunity for Klopp to reignite his faltering side.
Liverpool sit just one point behind fourth placed Arsenal in the league and the game could play a deciding factor in determining who snatches the final coveted Champions League spot.
Pressure will be rife on both Jurgen Klopp and Arsene Wenger on Saturday evening but perhaps slightly more on so on Klopp who needs to stop the rot quickly with his ailing side.
Klopp’s acquisitions have also been called into question despite having made a net profit of £4m during his tenure.
Eight players have been brought in by Klopp including the likes of Georginio Wijnaldum, Sadio Mane and Joel Matip the biggest names transferred in.
Whilst players going the other way have included defender Martin Skrtel and strikers Mario Balotelli and Christian Benteke.
Klopp’s apparent inability to address his defensive problems appears to be where the crux of the problem lies, letting Martin Skrtel leave in the summer to Fenerbahçe and allowing arguably their best defender to leave on loan to Crystal Palace in Mamadou Sakho has been viewed as a strange move.
Either way, Klopp is feeling the heat and results need to improve quickly. Lose, and the boo boys will have a field day, however, win, and all of this pressure will float away and Klopp will once again become the most loved manager in the Premier League.