Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has been left absolutely baffled by claims made against his staff at Anfield.
Speaking during the embargoed section of his pre-match press conference ahead of the Merseyside derby, the German shared his frustrations at the blame being passed onto various members of his backroom team.
“We could go through the seven and a half years. A lot of people left and a lot of people came in. It always worked out,” Klopp said.
“We never spoke about it, because ‘oh you’re coming in that helps’ and now we’re playing bad football and now you tell me ‘they must be good’.
“It makes no sense. It makes no sense.
“And the first one if they should not be helpful or inspirational or whatever you want to call it, they would not be here.
“Nobody is here because they are my friend or whatever. Nobody. It will never happen. It was never the case and will never be the case.
“They are here because they are best in class at what they are doing so that’s all.”
Klopp slams criticism against his staff
Although he is absolutely right to defend his team, some of what has been said does seem to ring true slightly.
Since Michael Edwards left the club, Julian Ward has come in and has given us two under underwhelming transfer windows.
Although this is unlikely to be his fault, due to the constraints of FSG’s budget, his signings haven’t been financial bargains.
Furthermore, the Reds were left without a permanent club doctor for five months earlier this term when Jim Moxon unexpectedly decided to depart.
Although Liverpool’s injury history hasn’t been great in recent years, it has been extremely poor this season. The squad is certainly thin, but injuries have taken this to another level this term.
Elsewhere on the pitch, Pep Lijnders seems to have increased control over the Merseyside outfit.
Having already enjoyed success without his greater managerial input, it seems strange they have made changes to the backroom structure now.
All in all, it’s a confusing situation at Anfield, and only Klopp can lead them out of this mess.