According to a report, two games could be crucial in deciding Jurgen Klopp’s future at Liverpool. Owners FSG will base their choice on these two games.
Right from the start of this season’s matches, everyone could see that Liverpool was having issues. When the Reds drew 2-2 with newly promoted Fulham on the opening day, they were beaten and out-thought.
Next time out against Crystal Palace, only a flash of brilliance from the now-injured Luis Diaz kept them from falling short. But those two dismal outcomes turned out to be just the beginning.
A trip to Old Trafford offered a chance to kickstart Liverpool’s season and with Man Utd having lost their opening two matches by an aggregate score of 6-1, hopes were high.
However, in their 2-1 defeat, United completely shut out Liverpool, and ever since, things have only gotten worse for the Reds.
Since then, the team has suffered humiliating losses to Napoli (4-1), Brentford (3-1), Brighton, and Wolves (both 3-0). Although Jurgen Klopp has constantly called for change, he still doesn’t seem to have the power to make any genuine changes.
Despite needing midfield reinforcements badly, Liverpool’s two biggest purchases in the past six months both came from the attacking ranks (Darwin Nunez, Cody Gakpo).
French Midfielder, Aurelien Tchouameni, who the Reds tried to sign last summer, but only had Real Madrid on his mind.
However, club legend Jamie Carragher is blaming Klopp and co, not FSG, for the decision to forgo signing a back-up option.
The Reds are now 10th in the league and eliminated from both domestic competitions. If nothing extraordinary changes, they might not even play in the Champions League next season.
So far, Klopp has been immune to criticism from large sections of the club’s fanbase. Owners FSG are generally the target for their ire, though that’s not to say Klopp isn’t increasingly coming under the microscope.
According to Caught Offside FSG are ‘likely’ to sack their heralded manager in the event their last hope of a trophy this year – the Champions League – ends in embarrassment.
Liverpool finished second behind Napoli in the group stage despite having won five of their final six games. As a result, they received the complex task of ousting European champions Real Madrid and entered the Round of 16 draws as a group runner-up.
Five of the previous nine Champions League titles have gone to Los Blancos, who also defeated Liverpool in the finals in 2018 and 2022.
The report added that Liverpool’s hierarchy are prepared to wait for the outcome of the Real Madrid ties before ‘deciding their manager’s fate’.
Liverpool host Real on February 21 before traveling to the Bernabeu for the return leg on March 15.