Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool can look to his final season at Borussia Dortmund for hope right now. The Reds appear to be falling apart.
Jurgen Klopp ended his time with Borussia Dortmund after a rollercoaster final season. We might hear a lot about it over the coming weeks.
Dortmund were so awful over the first-half of that campaign that they sat rock-bottom after 19 games. Over those games, Dortmund won just four times but they also only drew four, losing 11.
So things can be worse, clearly. Liverpool are struggling for form themselves but it certainly isn’t that bad.
It’s still not great, though. Liverpool have lost three back-to-back home games, after all. They’ve won just two Premier League games in 2021, losing four.
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They risk sliding down the table and while they might not hit the bottom, dropping out of the top four is a real worry.
But going back to that Dortmund season, we can take inspiration from it.
Despite being bottom past halfway, Klopp improved things enough that they finished the season in the European spots. They came 7th in the end, on top of making the DFB-Pokal final.
He essentially just went with a plan that worked. That plan was reverting back to the players he trusted.
His summer signings ended up not playing very much at all. Kevin Kampl ended up starting just eight Bundesliga games, Nuri Sahin six, Matias Ginter nine, Adrian Ramos six.
Ciro Immobile, who had scored 22 goals for Torino the previous season, ended up starting just nine times as Klopp left him on the bench.
The Italian contributed just three goals that season, all coming over the first ten or so games.
This situation is certainly different to Liverpool. The Reds’ problems don’t come from a string of new signings.
Nor can Klopp revert back to the tried and true of last season, given the injuries to key players.
But it does give us hope that Klopp can pinpoint an issue and fix it. He’s done it before from an even worse position and we’re confident he can do it this campaign, too.