Jurgen Klopp knows Liverpool’s recent performances have been nowhere near good enough and accepts that both he and his players won’t be at the club forever if it continues, he told ESPN.
Last night, following a two week break in which Liverpool enjoyed a mid-season break in La Manga, Leicester battered us 3-1, despite not having a manager and not having scored a goal in the Premier League this season.
We lacked intensity, fight and leaders, while being tactically ridiculous at the same time.
After the game, Klopp was furious and claimed that from now until the end of the campaign, he and his team are playing for their futures.
“It was not that intense but we were not even ready for this. We tried to be absolutely ready for the first second but, obviously, we tried not enough, with the wrong tools or whatever. The first goal looked like a friendly game — a player down, a throw in, a header and one pass,” he began.
“We all play, myself involved, for our futures,” he continued. “We get judged everyday, especially on matchdays.
“Of course performances have influence on these things — that’s how it is. I don’t think they are not as good as I thought they are but I think they need my help more to show it every week.
“When we lose, I feel responsible because I am responsible. All what I say now, I hope I used the word ‘we’ and not ‘they’ or ‘the players.’ I’m involved in this.
“It’s not the moment to make assessments like this, especially not in public. But to say the truth — and I try to say it as often as possible — bad performances doesn’t help anybody. That’s clear.”
Four of the five matches we’ve lost in the Premier League this term have been against teams in the bottom three. That’s absurd, in short.
How can we be so excellent against Tottenham a fortnight ago and so lacklustre against weaker sides who play direct football?
How have we not worked tooth and nail on the training field to rectify it and come up with solutions? Because on the surface, we’re doing exactly the same thing and expecting different results.
As Albert Einstein once famously claimed, that’s the definition of insanity!