The past few weeks have taken an emotional and physical toll on Liverpool Football Club. After a long run of bad form, the club’s title defence has crumbled. However, as tough as it is to watch, it is exponentially worse for one man: Jurgen Klopp.
The manager has taken full responsibility for the team’s performance, making him the punching bag for the media and fans. Klopp in the past managed to remain well composed, but the constant criticism followed by disappointing results are being taken to heart.
On top of taking the weight of the club’s success on his shoulders, his mother passed away last week. Unfortunately, he was unable to attend her funeral due to the Covid-19 travel restrictions.
The boss spoke often about his late mother with love and admiration. “She was a proper mum, in every sense of the word,” said Klopp to Schwarzwaelder Bote. A week of distress ended with Klopp emotionally conceding the title in his post-match interview after the Leicester match.
As Liverpool march on to the end of the season, there is one thing that the club and fanbase can rally behind: backing our manager. This is the man who came into a desolate club back in 2015 and had them instantly in two finals.
These past six seasons, he has brought eternal glory, including the coveted and elusive Premier League trophy. He has done all of this with relatively little financial support compared to league rivals, yet continues to achieve excellence.
He has more than surpassed the high standards he said he would live up. The man is deserving of monuments, not mockery. As fans, we must give him the dedication that he has given to us, just how a few days ago he reaffirmed his intentions to stick with the club through thick and thin.
On the players side, it is time for them to take more responsibility. Klopp has done everything besides putting on a kit and playing in the backline.
Yet, he takes full blame for all lackluster performances. Some players have stepped up in leadership roles. Mohammed Salah made strong remarks on Twitter saying they “will fight like champions, until the very end.”
Captain Jordan Henderson also commented on the team’s current state saying that he and the team “will give everything to change our current situation.”
The season has taken a turn in bad direction, but there is still hope. The strong victory against Leipzig on Tuesday gave a much needed morale boost for the players, the fans, and Klopp.
Hopefully, this push of momentum along with full frontal support of Jurgen Klopp will get Liverpool up off the mat and back into winning ways.