Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has been put under the spotlight after his attitude was questioned.
The German tactician guided his side to be top of the Premier League table at Christmas for the third successive year and has only lost one league game so far this season.
During their last game, however, the Reds came unstuck and were held to a 1-1 draw against Sam Allardyce’s West Bromwich Albion at Anfield, as they struggled to break down the Baggies’ stubborn defence.
Klopp has had many gripes this season, including the number of fixtures and injuries that his side has had during the 2020/21 campaign, and he has not shied away from making his feelings clear on those issues.
Former Blackburn Rovers striker Chris Sutton had his say on Klopp’s temperament this season and believes that the charismatic coach is not being himself.
“I don’t know if it’s because of the injury situation or what, but he doesn’t seem to be at ease with himself,” Sutton said on BBC Radio 5Live.
“We know the type of character he is – super positive – but he seems aggravated this season. I certainly don’t think that’s a good thing for Liverpool or their players.
“Maybe it is the injury situation, but he doesn’t seem right this season for some reason.”
Transfer Tavern Verdict
Klopp has been desperately unlucky when it comes to fitness issues this season, having lost both Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez to serious knee injuries, whilst the likes of Joel Matip and Naby Keita have been unable to stay fit.
That being said, injuries are part and parcel of football and Liverpool may regret not replacing defender Dejan Lovren in the summer who, perhaps, could have filled the void at the back.
Sutton is right to flag up that the manager has seemed a bit on edge but Klopp’s reasons are perfectly justified given the number of issues he’s had to deal with.
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