Pundit Gary Neville noticed Jurgen Klopp doing something for the first time after Liverpool lost 3-0 to Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday.
Speaking on the Gary Neville podcast for Sky Sports, the former Manchester United defender was surprised by the German’s reaction to their defeat, having responded in way which almost seemed broken and without answers.
“Really poor. I mean I’ve only seen the highlights; I watched the five- or ten-minutes highlights that were on the television last night and defensively, they were shambolic,” Neville said.
“Individually, collectively, easy to play against. Obviously, it’s not going perfectly well for them up front either; Gakpo, Nunez and Salah haven’t quite sort of hit it off yet as a front three – that might take some time.
“But the rest of the teams in a bit of a mess and they’re conceding really really poor goals.
“To be fair, the first time after a game where I’ve probably seen Jurgen Klopp almost in some ways apologising, saying I’m sorry – almost like where do I start, type sort of reaction after the game.
“Look, there’s internationals still in that back four – in fact, all of them are. [They were] nowhere near good enough, absolutely nowhere near good enough. Individually and collectively, there’s no excuse for that, absolutely no excuse for that.
“There are other teams who’ve had injuries defensively who cope better. I don’t know why they’ve gone to pieces the way in which they have. Only Jurgen Klopp will, you know, people say that this happened in his seventh year at Dortmund. I’d dismiss all that sort of nonsense and stuff.
“But it’s getting to that point with Liverpool where you think to yourself that there’s some really worrying signs and really worrying performances, and individual performances, sort of well below the level.”
Klopp seemed defeated
Since the new year, Liverpool have picked up just one point from four matches in the Premier League.
Currently, the Reds sit tenth in the table, having amassed just 29 points from 20 games.
Issues have gone from bad to worse at Anfield in recent months, and things don’t look like changing anytime soon.
As Neville pointed out, Klopp was bewildered by his side’s performance at Molineux on Saturday.
All over the pitch, Liverpool looked absolutely dreadful.
Even having made changes in the past few weeks from players who were obviously struggling, it didn’t seem like anything had changed at all.
Therefore, this suggests the Reds are in desperate need of a rebuild.
The squad looks very thin in certain areas, and the overall quality in parts is not good enough for a team who should be competing for Premier League and Champions League trophies.
Klopp will be given all the time by the club he needs to sort it out. However, the worry is he won’t be provided with the resources needed to pull off such a task.