Liverpool: Weir highlights Klopp ‘concern’ following Wolves loss
Jamie Weir of Sky Sports has given his verdict on the ‘biggest concern’ surrounding Jurgen Klopp’s comments after Liverpool’s defeat on Saturday.
The Lowdown: Klopp’s comments
Speaking after their 3-0 Premier League defeat at Molineux (via The Express), the Reds boss said he ‘cannot explain’ why his team look a shell of their former selves.
Less than 15 minutes into the tie, Wolves were already 2-0 ahead thanks to a Joel Matip own goal and a strike from Craig Dawson. Ruben Neves would put the final nail in the coffin with a third in the second half.
Liverpool currently sit 10th in the league, 11 points off a top-four place and 21 points away from the top spot.
The Latest: Weir on Klopp ‘concern’
Speaking on Sunday Supplement, Weir claimed he was a big fan of Klopp, but admitted that he could be out of ideas when it comes to setting up his Liverpool side.
He stated: “That’s the biggest concern to me. When he comes out says he’s got no explanation for it, that’s just extraordinary to hear.
“I’m a huge fan of Jurgen Klopp, I really admire what he’s done and I think there are so many fanbases around the country who would love to have a manager who has such an emotional connection to the club, to the city, to the community.
“He bleeds Liverpool, and as you said, he takes it all so personally. And when you see him, the Jurgen Klopp of a few years ago – giving the big fist pumps to the Kop – the closest thing in this generation to Bill Shankly, he will be forever a legend in Liverpool.
“But it does seem as now, he’s just run out of ideas. I think he had that sort of seven-season syndrome at Dortmund as well and just the wheels kind of came off and there was just no answer.”
The Verdict: Change was needed
We believe that one of Klopp’s issues with Liverpool this season was their failure to add more recruits to areas that needed tweaking.
In our view, the midfield is arguably the biggest concern at the club. It contains players who are not quite experienced enough to be the leaders of a major Premier League side – Harvey Elliott and Stefan Bajcetic are both under the age of 20.
Others in that area are likely just past their sell-by date due to their age, such as James Milner and Jordan Henderson.
Ex-Reds defender Jamie Carragher slammed the decision by the Liverpool board not to sign a midfielder last summer.
He said (via The Mirror): “That is on them. They’ve got to the start of this season, and from day one at Fulham, they haven’t been able to cope with the intensity of a Premier League game of football and they’ve been run over in every game that they’ve played.”
Liverpool should’ve looked to buy a midfielder in January. An argument could be made that they’re waiting until the summer, but the way the club are looking at the moment performance-wise, who’d want to play there next season?