Mats Hummels has urged Liverpool to keep the faith with Jurgen Klopp, a manager he played under for seven years at Borussia Dortmund.
The German was speaking ahead of his country’s clash with Northern Ireland tonight, where he’s expected to captain the side in Manuel Neuer’s absence.
Hummels was delighted when Liverpool started the season well, beating Hoffenheim in both legs and thrashing Arsenal, but our form in September was miserable – winning just once in six.
“I’m following Jurgen Klopp really closely because of the seven years we had when he coached me at Borussia Dortmund,” he told Sky Sports News.
“I was really happy when he had a good start this year, but right now it looks a little tough for him and the club.
“But he and the team will get out of this situation, it’s not too bad but it’s not as good as they wanted it to be.”
One of the reasons Borussia Dortmund won back to back titles under Klopp was because of Hummels’ partnership with Neven Subotic in defence.
They had a wealth of brilliant attackers like Robert Lewandowski, Mario Gotze and Shinji Kagawa, but a solid defence helped them oust Bayern Munich from top spot.
Liverpool currently do not have the defensive stability required to win titles, or even challenge.
Klopp’s had two years to fix a defence which has arguably gone backwards under his tenure.
Nathaniel Clyne’s return will help, but really, Liverpool need an elite new centre-back.
Hopefully, Virgil van Dijk will be available in January.