Is Jürgen Klopp’s relationship with Fenway Sports Group deteriorating?

Jurgen Klopp, Manager of Liverpool looks on as his team warm up prior to the Premier League match between Watford and Liverpool at Vicarage Road on August 12, 2017 in Watford, England.
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Dave Davis examines what we know about the relationship between Jürgen Klopp and Fenway Sports Group and the signs aren’t promising.

Any time Liverpool are involved in a barnstorming 3-3 draw on the opening day, then what happened on the pitch will normally dominate headlines. However, on a day where our strengths and weaknesses on the pitch were laid bare, it’s the comments of Jürgen Klopp that are rightly concerning Liverpool fans.

Go back to January 2016 for a moment. Klopp was asked about whether he would have the ‘final say’ on transfers, unlike his predecessor Brendan Rodgers. The reply was unequivocal.

Klopp said, “Sometimes my staff and I have an idea about a player, then we collect information and then we have players our scouts bring in and we speak about it. If I don’t want a player to come here then he will not come. If a player I want doesn’t fit our budget then he will not come too. It’s a normal situation.”

Whilst outgoing players weren’t discussed, the ‘normal situation’ the former Dortmund Manager was referring to was clearly inferred. No-one would come or go through the doors at Melwood without him having the final say.

Fast forward to the press conference after the Watford game and the reply that came back was very different.

The German manager said, “As a manager of a football club I have bosses, and if bosses decide, for example, just in general, if we sell a player or we don’t sell him, then I have to accept it. I cannot say anything about it [the transfer request]. I work with the players I have – that is what I’m always doing.”

Same manager, two very different replies from one season to the next. The fact that Klopp was talking about the Coutinho situation was telling.

FSG’s decision to release a statement just before the Brazilian attacker handed in his transfer request now appears to be a decision in which Klopp wasn’t consulted or was dictated to.

In a summer which has been nothing3 short of hugely disappointing to date, there is a genuine fear with many Reds that the manager isn’t happy with his lot.

His top two targets aren’t at the club, he doesn’t appear to have the final say in transfer dealings anymore and what was described as the perfect relationship with the owners doesn’t appear to be.

There’s a long way between now and the close of the window, but there’s a real negativity emanating from Anfield right now despite many starting the summer with lofty expectations.

Everything could well get back on track, but Klopp’s comments weren’t lost on many. The manager isn’t in charge of everything anymore and it’s maybe a situation he’s not too happy with.


  1. Why are you surprised? FSG exists to make money for its already very rich members. Jurgen is simply another employee as far as they are concerned. They will do whatever they want to maximise benefit for their members, so ignoring Jurgen and selling whoever they want is simply business to them.
    Anyone who thinks that FSG are benign owners needs to think again, they will sell the club as soon as they think it’s best for FSG and nothing they do will jeopardise that.
    I just hope Jurgen wants to stay more than ever as he is the only one we can trust.

  2. The Manager should have the final say in any transfers or buying and selling of players. He is appointed to run the show and any disagreements with the owners should be sorted out amicably. However, the owners should see that the interest and progress of the Club are not compromised because of Manager’s weakness, attitude or stubbornness.

  3. this mean his days are counted then,i think above all ze ganrene is FSG They must step down,LFC is not akind of club we buy to make money out of it,liverpool fc is a brand, is famous world wide with or without his own fans,ze the premier league tittle is his due,every season he must be around up there,not for ze sake of staying in ze premier league but to win,winning is his benchmark no one can snatch it from him,to get back ze glory days FSG must step down and let it run by someone more carering about ze his history n glories

  4. Interesting a lot of us were thinking the same thing after that interview yesterday. I have thought for a long time that FSG have no interest in spending big. If they sell Coutinho and don’t fulfill supporters expectation of at least a further 120-40 mill spend they should be on there way!

  5. Liverpool is one of the best in England. There Liverpool must keep all his qualities players and they must add more attacking qualities and defensive one. The owner must not do any businesses with our good players. If they do so LiVERPOOL must wait for 100 years if they want to compete with ours. The owners of Liverpool must sign top players without selling the current top players. It was extremely sad to lost previous players like Torres, Suarez, Mascherano..Do you want to see Liverpool FC among the top? Klopp must be given the power to buy top players.. Invest in top players if LiVERPOOL want to be champion.

  6. Get the £135 million for c10. Top up £90 + c10 and buy messi. Trigger messi £225 buy out clause. See what barcelona do. Teach then LFC is not a small club. This will teach real and barcelona a lesson. Both can play the same game. Same time a slap to c10. For thinking lfc is small club. Not only him but all.

  7. I am surprised that it has taken quite a lot of the Liverpool supporter as long as it has to wake. Jürgen Klopp HAS NEVER had any say in the transfer of players in and out of the club. Neither did Brendan or Kenny, so it is unfortunately par for the course. In FSG’s eyes he is nothing more than a mere coach and is told to get on with the players he is given. We also have a total incompetent idiot in charge of our transfer policy, so nothing was every going to happen during this window from the moment it was obvious that the transfer of Van Dykj from Southampton had been totally mismanaged.

    As for that £200 million, well all FSG have done is plucked a figure out of mid air and fed it the media and supporter base, because it was never there and never will be.

  8. Klopp must stay period, I doubt if it was him who stuffed up the VVD transfer forgetting to put in a bid now cmon ffs . We all know whats going on, it’s not rocket science.


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