Jurgen Klopp reveals who can be blamed for the Liverpool issues this season
The Reds are subjected to a lot of criticism lately from all over, and Jurgen Klopp hinted at the culprit who is to blame for all the Liverpool issues that have been going on.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has challenged detractors to pin the club’s current “crisis” on him. Last season, the Reds won a cup double and came within two games of earning an unheard-of quadruple, but they have fallen short of those expectations this year.
Liverpool are now in 10th place in the Premier League, 12 points behind the top four and 22 points behind the league’s leading squad Arsenal. Moreover, the Reds have also already been kicked out of their domestic cup tournaments this season. In a rematch of the previous year’s Champions League finals, the Merseyside club have now once again been drawn against Real Madrid in the the round of 16.
Klopp speaks about the issues Liverpool are dealing with
Before Monday’s Merseyside derby against Everton, Klopp acknowledged that he ought to bear the brunt of the criticism in an interview with Sky Sports.
“Of course we are, we don’t hide from that. You have to get out of it and that is what we are doing. You can criticise everything that right, but don’t go for the wrong people, that makes no sense. I am responsible for all of this, if you want to criticise, criticise me. That is how it is, and I have no problem with that.”
When asked if Liverpool’s players were still mentally and physically exhausted from a demanding 2021/22 season, Klopp responded that he wasn’t sure but that they knew it had an impact. However, from their perspective, if you suffer from something, you can either keep suffering or you can fight out of it.
The German boss defends Jordan Henderson
Jordan Henderson, Liverpool’s captain, has not been implicated in the team’s subpar performances this year, according to Jurgen Klopp. This season, the Reds’ midfield has received a lot of criticism, with many critics citing the aging of the majority of Liverpool’s regular starts. Only James Milner, a bench player, 37 years old, is older than 32-year-old Henderson.
In spite of having started 10 of Liverpool’s 17 Premier League games thus far, Henderson has recently been kept off the field for crucial contests against Chelsea, Tottenham, and Manchester City.
“I don’t understand why we’re talking about one player. Hendo, everybody knows how much respect I have. Hendo is not our problem, never was and never will be.”
However, LFC does lacks that firepower and energy in the middle of the park but Hendo is not the one to blame for it. Klopp will be hoping to reignite that eagerness to win soon otherwise top 4 already looks like done and dusted.