Football is a game of uncertainties where there is very little time for managers to save their sinking ships, especially in the premier league as Mr. Koeman found out as he seeks pastures new after losing his job at Everton but he could soon be followed by another Manager not too far from the Goodison.
Liverpool are in trouble. They sit as low as eighth in the Premier League table and look like a side needing a major turnaround in fortunes as they look to mount a challenge for at least a top 4 finish.
According to an article in the DailyStar, pundit Garth Crooks has claimed that Liverpool should consider replacing Jurgen Klopp with Carlo Ancelotti as he believes that a club like Liverpool deserves a manager who does not repeat his mistakes and has the caliber to guide the club to success in Premier league and Europe and hence former Real Madrid, Chelsea and Bayern manager is the man for the Merseysiders.
This may be a little early to see a real possibility of Klopp being shown the exit door but the Sack air is blowing around Merseyside and with Koeman already sent packing by Everton, the speculation might turn real with a few more unfavorable results. Here are a few reasons why this might happen:-
1. No Real Improvement from Rodger’s era
Klopp replaced the current Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers at Anfield with an air of extreme positivity at Merseyside and everyone lost their heads on the influx of passion in the side in Klopp’s early days with improved running stats and more attempted dribbles but overall his win ratio is nearly identical to the man he replaced and hence if Rodgers was sacked after a finish out of top 4 and a dismal display in the Champions League then why should Klopp’s glorious past save him.
2. Terrible Summer Transfer Window
Liverpool had a disastrous transfer window, failing to address their obvious problems at the back. Desperately in need of at least a couple of quality central defenders they almost spent the entire window waiting for a yes from Southampton for Van Dijk and trying to stop Philipe Coutinho from moving to Barcelona. This was a huge mistake as Barca now might get him in January for a reasonable price whereas they were probably going to overpay in summers with both their reputation and squad at stake. That seems to be no longer a possibility as the Catalans have recruited Ousmane Dembele and in his absence, homegrown talents like Deulofeu and Denis Suarez seem to be doing a fine job.
3. Repeating Same Mistakes Again and Again
Liverpool fans initially saw Klopp as a man of hope. He arrived as a man who had been a thorn in the eyes of the mighty Bayern Munich having successfully won the domestic double and led Dortmund to a champions league final, a remarkable achievement indeed and to be honest he has also done a fine job at Anfield leading them to a Europa league final themselves but it is the progress this season that has raised eyebrows and left Klopp looking like a noobie repeatedly agreeing to have an awful defence and still doing nothing to improve the situation. After the disaster at Wembley against Spurs Klopp joked that he could defend better than his players in sneakers whereas in the other dugout Liverpool fans saw Pochetino, a man who has molded his Spurs side to one of the finest young sides in the continent. Maybe Liverpool should have brought in the manager and not the players from their favorite market i.e. Southampton when they recruited Lovren, Lallana and Rickie Lambert among others from St. Mary’s.
Overall it is fair to say that “Klopp is on the clock” and he needs to take charge and start winning consistently both in the Premier League and the Champions League or else he might well find himself taking charge who knows at Allianz Arena next season. ( A very delicious prospect indeed.)