Liverpool fans hate to be reminded of their fateful 2013/14 season in which they came so close to winning the Premier League under Brendan Rodgers just to fall at the last hurdle. However, after a couple of rocky results, Jurgen Klopp looks to be in danger of following the footsteps of the Northern Irishman, and he’d have few options if he does fail.
After that season where Rodgers failed to win the Premier League, the now-Celtic manager had just one more full season in charge at Anfield before FSG deemed it time for a change. However, after failing to win the Premier League in 2014, it was the beginning of the end of the 46-year-old. He lasted just months into the 2015/16 season before being sacked and eventually replaced by Jurgen Klopp.
Now, though, over four years on from that failed title charge, Klopp looks to be in danger of suffering the same fate. Only two teams in the last ten years have failed to win the Premier League having been top at Christmas and it was Liverpool on both occasions, in 2008/09 and 2013/14, this season could make it a very unwanted hat-trick, and one that could spell the beginning of the end for their German gaffer.
When Klopp was appointed the German made it clear that it would take him time to bring in the players he needs and get the Reds all singing off the same hymn sheet. It finally looks like that’s the case with this Anfield side as they look like a well-oiled Jurgen Klopp machine. However, the German has a poor record when the pressure’s on, and that’s telling when you see his record in cup finals.
In his time as a manager with both Liverpool and Dortmund, Klopp has lost eight cup finals, and if he fails to win the Premier League he’ll no doubt come under plenty of scrutiny that could ultimately end with a trip to the job centre. If that is to happen, the chances are he’ll struggle to get a top job after life on Merseyside, and like Rodgers, he’ll want to get back into management and put the disappointment behind him.
If things do play out like this, a move back to his native Germany makes the most sense. Bayern Munich manager Niko Kovac has come under a lot of pressure this season as Klopp’s former club Dortmund are flying at the top of the Bundesliga. If Kovac leaves, or indeed if Lucien Favre from the Westfallonstadion is poached following his successes, then the 51-year-old Liverpool boss will certainly be in contention for either role.
Either way, the chances are Klopp will be given one more season if he does fail to win the Premier League, and he’ll have to do a better job than Rodgers in his redemption year. Rodgers’ Liverpool was a total disaster the following season, and if Klopp manages to follow suit then his Reds career could well end on a bitter note, instead of the title ecstasy that the fans are all craving.Like what the TT have on offer? Sign up for more notifications!
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