Jose Mourinho once labelled Arsene Wenger a ‘specialist in failure’ but is it about time we started to use this phrase for Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp? The German has managed a club in seven major finals, winning only one of those contests. Another capitulation could be on the cards for a Klopp-led team…
Reds fans were heartbroken after May’s 3-1 defeat to Real Madrid in the Champions League final but losing their grip on the Premier League title will hurt more. Liverpool are yet to win the domestic crown in the modern era and punters will be tempted to steer clear of Klopp’s men based purely on his record.
Since his first full season in charge (2016/17), Klopp has now managed @LFC in 100 PL matches. His record:— Klopp (@TheKopKlopp) January 31, 2019
W62, D26, L12, Pts 212, GF217, GA94.
That is 80.56 pts a season, 82.46 goals scored and 35.7 conceded.@Tino_LFC @YNWA_Claire @SimonBrundish @SamMcGuire90 @smtm_LFC
Liverpool have started to show signs of cracking in recent weeks. The Reds have won just two of their last six games in all competitions, dropping points against Leicester City and West Ham United. Their lead at the top of the table is down to two points and Manchester City have the bit between their teeth.
Klopp’s side, now 11/10 to win the title, are still in control of their own destiny but fans are starting to get nervous. The latest odds and tips will be available at https://betting.betfair.com/predictions/premier-league-prediction-and-stats/ before every Liverpool game and supporters will be hoping that the Klopp curse doesn’t strike again.
On paper, Liverpool have the quality needed to fend off Manchester City at the top of the table. Pressure is rising on Klopp’s men though and another bad result will have a negative impact on the whole squad. Getting back to winning ways as soon as possible is vital if Liverpool are serious about winning the title.
Give Klopp credit though - Liverpool are now in a position where they can actually challenge. In years gone by, the Reds have been in the mix but this is the first time fans have taken them seriously. Winning a first title will ease the pressure and we could see this Liverpool side dominate for the next few years.
Doubts over Klopp’s ability to lead a team to silverware will remain until he manages to turn things around. This is the best Liverpool side for decades and it would take a brave man to back against the Reds after such an impressive first half of the campaign. Domestic failure simply cannot go on any longer.