Sky pundits believe the future of Jurgen Klopp is a little up in the air. The Liverpool boss will soon face pressure.
Liverpool are undoubtedly having a disastrous season. They may just salvage things with a top-4 finish but it’s safe to say things haven’t gone to plan.
Injuries have torn those plans to shreds, forcing the Reds to use make-shift XIs all season. That’s a viable ‘excuse’ for this season but another bad year could force pressure on the future of Jurgen Klopp.
That’s according to ex-Red Glen Johnson, speaking to Sky Sports.
“These football clubs rely on qualifying for the Champions League,” said Johnson, before going to say: “Of course, the title’s gone. They might get top four but if they miss out on the top four again next year, then the board might have question mark over Klopp.”
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Jeff Stelling then pointed out Klopp’s success. The boss has delivered everything Liverpool dreamed of.
“[Jose] Mourinho did that to Chelsea,” said Paul Merson. “I understand what Glen’s saying.
“I think they put [top four] in their budget this year. Let’s be honest, this manager is a great manager but if they don’t get into the Champions League next year, we’d be seriously going ‘how’s he carrying on?'”.
What RTK has to say
It all sounds dramatic but it is the reality of clubs like Liverpool. If they fail to finish top four this season and the next, the people in charge will want change.
That’s only natural.
But there are several things to consider. For starters, things will be better next year. Liverpool might well finish top four this season despite all the injuries.
Once everyone is back, they should do that comfortably. This team finishes top four even now if Virgil van Dijk came back tomorrow. So we’re not really worried – it’s all very hypothetical right now.
As for the Mourinho comparison, both Stelling and Merson admitted they’re a ‘different beast’ to Liverpool. And they are – they’ll sack a manager at the drop of a hat.
So while we agree with what they’re saying, we don’t think there’s any reason to worry right now. Things will naturally improve next season.