Matthew Sinton discusses Liverpool’s slump in form and the club’s fickle fans losing their minds on social media.
Make no mistake about it, Liverpool’s season has well and truly collapsed.
The Reds went into the new year on a high after beating Manchester City and there was talk of challenging for the title. Since the turn of the year, however, we have only won one game in all competitions and none in the league. It looks like all we have to fight for at this point is a top four place, and even that will require things to be sorted out immediately. There have been some quite extreme reactions from fans all over the internet who have every right to be angry given our form, but have we set the bar too high?
It looks like all we have to fight for at this point is a top four place, and even that will require things to be sorted out immediately. There have been some quite extreme reactions from fans all over the internet who have every right to be angry given our form, but have we set the bar too high?
Of course, our early season performances – bar the odd blips like Burnley and Bournemouth – saw us play some of our best football in years and gave the fans immense hope of finally having something to celebrate again come the end of the season. It seemed that Klopp had worked wonders with a squad that, on paper, should have been nowhere near as high up the table.
Yet, somehow, in the space of a month, we’ve gone from being in the hunt for every available trophy to having pretty much no hope of silverware at all. What happened?
The first few weeks of January were worrying but seemed like nothing more than a slump in form. With Sadio Mané away at the African Cup of Nations and Jöel Matip ineligible at the time, there were various excuses to be made. In the past two weeks or so, however, our situation has become much more serious. Just as it looked like we might get back on track after a hard-fought draw with table-toppers Chelsea, we lost 2-0 to Hull. Despite what some might have believed, Mané’s return didn’t magically solve all our problems.
As expected, there has been a huge reaction on social media, especially twitter. Some absurd comments have been made, some suggesting Jürgen Klopp should leave the club.
Yes, you heard that right. Although, considering this is the same community of people who wanted Henderson out last season and have been singing his praises this season – and vice versa with Emre Can – is it any wonder they’ve been so quick to call for Klopp’s head?
I understand the frustration at our recent form, it hurts me too, but comments like this are ridiculous. I know we were spoiled with our early-season form, but you have to remember that this is Klopp’s first full season at the club. Perhaps with those around us spending so much money to achieve short term success, our fans don’t have the patience for him.
Nobody knows better than him that our performances right now are simply not good enough. This can’t go on any longer. Jürgen needs to shut the fickle fans up and change things, starting against Tottenham on Saturday.
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