Liverpool ‘crisis talks’ revealed ahead of Chelsea clash as Jurgen Klopp is asked to step down


Jurgen Klopp held a ‘crisis meeting’ with his Liverpool squad following their chastening defeat to Manchester City.

Liverpool were thrashed 4-1 by City at the Etihad on Saturday in their first game back after the international break.

Mohamed Salah had put the Reds in front with a super finish midway through the first half after great work from Diogo Jota.

But goals from Julian Alvarez, Kevin De Bruyne, Ilkay Gundogan and Jack Grealish secured a comfortable victory for City, who dominated the second half.

Liverpool are now eighth in the Premier League, eight points off the top four, with only 11 games remaining in their league campaign.

The Reds return to action on Tuesday night against Chelsea, who are without a manager after sacking Graham Potter following their 2-0 defeat to Aston Villa.

Former Brighton defender Bruno Saltor, who joined Chelsea as part of Potter’s backroom staff, will take charge of the Blues for the match at Stamford Bridge.

The Daily Mail claim Liverpool held a ‘crisis meeting’ ahead of the trip to London.

Klopp‘s squad came together to discuss their current issues on Sunday, knowing a defeat to Chelsea will all-but end their hopes of a top-four finish this season.

Klopp facing calls to step down

Klopp has come under increased scrutiny this season, with some even calling for him to step down as manager – including former Reds midfielder Didi Hamann.

Speaking to Sky Germany last month, Hamann said: “I think it would be best for both sides if they make a cut in the summer. The team has been falling apart in the last few months.”

Klopp touched on the topic himself on Monday when asked to react to the sackings of Potter at Chelsea and former Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers at Leicester.

“What can I say about that? I think the elephant in the room is probably, from your point of view, why I am still sitting here in this crazy world,” replied Klopp.

“Last man standing! I think both clubs are not in the spots where they expect to be, I cannot say a lot more about it.

“I respect them a lot, to be honest. I like both.

“When I met them, they are really good people and fantastic managers, both of them.

“But still, things can go the wrong way, and when the decision-makers in the club think they have to change, and they change, I think we all accept that part of the business.”

"Elephant in the room" - Klopp addresses Liverpool future after Potter’s Chelsea sacking

“Elephant in the room” – Klopp addresses Liverpool future after Potter’s Chelsea sacking.

Jurgen Klopp discussed his Liverpool future while breaking his silence on Graham Potter’s Chelsea sacking.

On Sunday, Chelsea dismissed Potter after less than seven months in charge following the west London club’s 2-0 home defeat to Aston Villa.

It was the former Brighton manager’s 11th defeat in his 31 games as Blues boss, having only replaced Thomas Tuchel at Stamford Bridge on September 8.

Chelsea are 11th in the Premier League, some 12 points adrift of the top four, despite having spent more than £550m on new players since the summer window.

There have now been 13 managerial changes in the Premier League this term – three more than in the previous campaign – with Leicester City having also sacked Brendan Rodgers on Sunday.

Klopp breaks silence on Potter sacking

Klopp addressed his future following Liverpool’s humbling 4-1 loss against Man City.

The German said: “I don’t like the fact I have to rely on [the past success] but I am fully here, we have to sort it.

“We cannot just continue playing how we do from time to time. I am really disappointed about us that we do this but it happens. We have to find a way out.”

The Liverpool boss, who has been under pressure this season, also broke his silence on Sunday’s dismissals.

Liverpool are currently eighth in the table, eight points behind Manchester United in fourth.

When asked about the Potter and Rodgers’ respective sackings, Klopp said, via the Liverpool Echo: “What can I say? The elephant in the room is why am I still sitting here in this crazy world?

“Last man standing! So, I think both clubs are not where they expect to be. I respect [Potter/Rodgers] a lot. Good people, fantastic managers.

“That’s part of the business, but that is it. Last week (Julian) Nagelsmann and now these two.

“The season is in a decisive part. People are afraid of not reaching their targets.

“I think it’s 12 (sackings) now, which is an awful number.

“I think some clubs are underachieving, us too. There are expectations out there, rightly so and if you don’t reach them, you have to accept the decisions.”

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