Manager Paul Ince just yesterday made a claim about Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp, before being sacked by Reading today.
After dropping into the Championship relegation zone after a 2-1 defeat to Preston on Monday, it was announced the Royals had sacked the 55-year-old as first-team manager.
However, just a day before his dismissal, the former Manchester United man suggested to BBC Radio Berkshire that even Klopp couldn’t prevent Reading’s current crisis.
“At the end of the day, we are in this position that we’ve been put into [the six point deduction],” said Ince. “You need to think about that when you think about how unfair that is to me and the players.
“We’d be sitting on 47 points and if you look at the injuries it’s going to be tough.
“If you get Pep [Guardiola] in here, it’d be no different. You could get [Jurgen] Klopp in here, it’d be no different because we have eight first-team players out.”
Less than 24 hours later, Ince was fired by the Royals.
Ince makes comment about Klopp
Regardless of Ince actually said, his comment demonstrates just how well-respected Klopp is amongst other managers.
When the former Reading boss was looking for the best names in football to illustrate just how difficult the task is at the Madejski Stadium, he chose the German and Guardiola.
Despite criticism of the Liverpool man this season, his reputation continues to trump the team’s current form – and he is still being compared with the City manager, who has won four of the last five Premier League titles.
At Anfield, he will always be a legend. Therefore, it’s great to see his peers also value his success on Merseyside, despite recent shortcomings.
Wherever the Reds finish this season, there is absolutely zero reasons to fire Klopp. He is absolutely crucial to Liverpool going forward.