The rollercoaster ride that is Liverpool FC continued on Sunday when The Reds crushed poor Aston Villa 6-0 away at Villa Park, a result that very few would have predicted before the match given Liverpool’s run of four matches without a win in all competitions beforehand.
A 2-0 defeat away at Leicester City was further compounded by gaining just a point at Anfield against relegation-threatened Sunderland in a disappointing 2-2 draw as Liverpool’s inconsistent nature continues to rear its ugly head at every given opportunity.
It has therefore been anything but boring for Liverpool fans so far this season as they now see their side sitting in 8th position in the Premier League, but just three points adrift of rivals Manchester United who are in the Europa League spot at the moment.
How quickly fortunes change, as just two seasons ago, both Liverpool and the blue half of Manchester (City) were challenging for the league title, but now The Reds will be ecstatic to just qualify for the ‘second tier’ of european competition in the shape of the Europa League although their last-chance saloon of qualifying for next season’s Champions League remains intact with the final of the League Cup in two weeks time.
Manchester City, the team that cruelly robbed Liverpool of a long-awaited Premier league title just two seasons ago, are their opponents in the League Cup, but honestly, based on current form of the two sides, just about anything could happen on the day. The bookies odds currently show that Liverpool are the 12/5 underdogs to lift the Capital One Cup with Ladbrokes while Manchester City are the odds on favourites at 8/13.
Life under Klopp so far…
But how have Liverpool fared under the guidance of manager Jurgen Klopp? Well, when Brendan Rodgers was sacked, Liverpool were sitting in 10th place in the English top flight with Rodgers’ final management record at Liverpool finishing on Played 166, Won 85, Drawn 39, Lost 42 – Win percentage @ 51.2%.
Now, Liverpool fans may not want to know this, but under Klopp (so far), the German’s record stands at a much inferior Played 30, Won 13, Drawn 9, Lost 8 – Win percentage @ 43.3%. That’s a downturn in results of -7.9%. So are things much better under Klopp now at The Kop?
It does beg the question, why did Liverpool sack Brendan Rodgers? Nothing has changed for Liverpool despite the highly-publicised change of managers as they sit a massive 13 points behind Arsenal and a Champions League berth (via the Premier League system). If Liverpool lose to Manchester City in the League Cup final and therefore fail in their last-gasp bid for Champions League football at the end of this month, what then for Liverpool and Klopp?
Sunday 28th February therefore becomes one of the biggest games in Liverpool’s recent history as the club approaches an important cross-roads in this season’s chapter.