Jurgen Klopp is not leaving Liverpool, regardless of what happens this season, according to James Pearce.
While the respected correspondent did admit Klopp is ‘sick of’ losing finals (aren’t we all?), he suggested the notion that the German’s job would be in genuine danger if the trend continues is ‘ridiculous’.
Klopp has a contract until 2022 and arguably has the safest job in the Premier League, bar maybe Pep Guardiola at Manchester City.
“That is not a cat in hell’s chance that he will go anywhere regardless of what happens between now and May,” Pearce began. “The amount of credit in the bank is vast. Think back to where Liverpool were when he came in three years ago to where they are now. They had a successful year last year without winning a trophy because they got to a Champions League Final when no-one in their wildest dreams thought that was realistic.
“You want something to show for it but it’s ridiculous. If he doesn’t win a trophy, what’s going to happen? Where would Liverpool go after Klopp if the wheels did come off?
“He’s sick of the run of final defeats but he also knows there is zero danger of his job being on the line. He’s done a fantastic job so far. He’s transformed every single area of the club.
“The recruitment has been spot on after some spectacular failures before that. He will be at Liverpool until the end of his contract in 2022 at least.”
We 100% agree with everything Pearce claims.
If Liverpool exited the Champions League in the group stages and failed to finish in the top four, we’d still want Klopp in charge going into next season.
Although our hopes for this campaign are much higher than that!
We’re currently two points off Manchester City and undefeated in the race for the title and are top of a Champions League group – despite irritating away defeats to Napoli and Red Star.
This weekend, we travel to Watford for a top flight clash before a tricky trip to Paris. Two wins would be very handy – and something we think we’re capable of considering the brilliance of Virgil van Dijk at the back and the manner in which Mo Salah and Xherdan Shaqiri have come into wonderful attacking form.