Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is seen as close to a god in the eyes of Liverpool supporters, which particularly baffles me, considering the German has been at the club for over three years and had no silverware to show for it.
Liverpool are the second biggest club in England (only behind Manchester United) in terms of their rich history and huge fanbase.
The Reds have won an English record 5 European cups, 18 league titles, 8 League Cups, 7 FA cups, 3 UEFA cups and 3 UEFA super cups.
However, Liverpool haven’t won a trophy since their league cup win back in 2012, in fact in the last 12 years Liverpool have won just one major trophy.
Klopp was appointed manager back in October 2015, replacing Brendan Rodgers. In that season Klopp’s Liverpool finished 8th in the league, went out early in the FA cup and finished runners up in both the Europa League and League Cup finals.
In his first full season, Klopp got Liverpool back in the Champions League finishing 4th but went out early in the League Cup and out of the FA Cup in the semi-finals.
Last season, was arguably Klopp’s best. Liverpool finished 4th again in the league, went out early in both domestic cups but did reach a Champions League final that they lost, playing some beautiful football it must be said on the way.
Despite Klopp’s Liverpool being so attractive on the eye, football is a results business. Results equal success and success is gained through trophies and this is something that eludes the German, in his time with the Reds.
Three finals, three losses for Liverpool.
Seven finals, five losses while at Borussia Dortmund.
A 20% record as manager in finals is shocking, especially as he’s considered ‘one of the best managers in the country’.
Does Klopp lack the needed winning mentality in finals? His record in them would suggest so, the perfect example is Liverpool’s Europa League final in 2016 against Sevilla, where the Reds were 1-0 up at half time and ended up losing the game 3-1.
The manager to compare Klopp against is United manager Jose Mourinho. Klopp is considered by most a better manager than Mourinho right now and his job at United is a lot less secure than Klopp’s.
Since the summer of 2016, Klopp has spent £411.55m, while Mourinho has spent £392.55m in the transfer markets.
In the following season, Liverpool finished 4th trophy less and United finished 5th but won both the FA Cup and the Europa League. Last season, Liverpool finished 4th and United finished 2nd both winning no trophies.
Therefore, the extreme criticism and pressure Mourinho is under compared to Klopp’s admiration really confuses me.
Liverpool and Manchester United are the biggest clubs in the country and should be fighting it out for the title, therefore the vast expectations for United should be the same for Klopp’s Liverpool.
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