Jurgen Klopp could turn to a brave decision he made at Borussia Dortmund in a bid to fix Liverpool. The Reds certainly need something.
Liverpool are struggling badly right now but this isn’t actually brand new to Jurgen Klopp. It’s quite similar to his final season with Borussia Dortmund – though, not quite as bad.
That campaign saw Dortmund in the relegation zone by New Year. They were losing again and again and again, with Klopp throwing out some familiar quotes.
“We are playing a bit out of long-term memory, but without the form we had when we could still play like that,” he said, per the Telegraph, after losing 2-1 to FC Koln in September 2014.
“We were no longer able to react, and came under pressure,” said Klopp after losing to Bayern Munich.
Now, again, there have been far more positives this season for Liverpool than Klopp had with Dortmund that season. But the boss did turn that campaign around, winning consistently over the second-half and finishing with a European place.
So what did he do? It was a fix that could work for this Liverpool side.
Jurgen Klopp must fix Liverpool
Klopp’s decision back then was to revert to what made him successful. It sounds easy but it took bravery.
The club had signed two strikers the previous summer in Ciro Immobile and Adrian Ramos. They’d been key signings but Klopp decided the team just wasn’t working with them.
Immobile was dropped after losing to Augsburg on February 4th and didn’t start another Bundesliga game. Dortmund immediately won four games on the bounce after dropping him. They’d go on to win five of the following seven after the change, drawing the other two.
Dortmund quickly climbed from 18th to 10th. Klopp went back to trusting the players and system that worked in the past – which also included leaving out those who couldn’t keep up any longer.
We wonder if Klopp will try something similar this time around. It needs a mix of moving out those who aren’t delivering anymore in favour of those who can. Most of the midfield fit those descriptions right now – but Thiago is one who may sit out. He’s been world-class for Liverpool but isn’t the style of player that can see Klopp return to basics.
Similarly, we wonder if Darwin Nunez could move out wide. He’s far more suited to the traditional Klopp setup in that role, with Roberto Firmino able to deliver as a False 9.
But overall, Klopp could return to the all-out energy displays of the past. Games where Liverpool didn’t prioritise possession but instead moved the ball quickly. Such a change has worked before and going back to basics could work again.