Liverpool’s disastrous title defence took another turn for the worse as they were beaten 1-0 by Fulham at Anfield.
The german manager admitted he may not be able to pull Liverpool out of their mid-season crisis and has challenged the club’s hierarchy to find someone who can do the job better, as his faltering team have taken only 12 points from the last possible 39.
That run has wrecked their hopes of winning back-to-back domestic titles and leaves them in a battle to salvage Champions League qualification, via the top four.
Jurgen Klopp has admitted it will be tough to find an immediate solution to Liverpool’s dramatic dip in form after their latest loss at Anfield.
“Sometimes people ask: ‘Am I too nice?'” he said. “But I am like I am — and I’m not always nice. And we (he and his coaching staff) are loud, we are critical, we are everything.
“From a football point of view, yes, we try to adapt, and obviously we don’t adapt quick enough, otherwise we would have better results.
“But again we can only do our best. If someone thinks another one can do it better then, of course, they have to make a decision.
“It would be a masterpiece to find out how we change that overnight. But luckily we have a different competition in three days, and hopefully, we can show a different face.”
Seven alterations were made from the starting XI that were defeated by Chelsea at Anfield on Thursday, with Trent Alexander-Arnold and Sadio Mane were thrown in during the second half as Klopp searched in vain for goals.
Jamie Carragher derides Jurgen Klopp’s side on commentary
Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher was on commentary duty for Sky Sports and was not impressed with what he saw from the Reds:
As Liverpool were faltering to another defeat, Carragher said on commentary:
“So often in these stages, maybe last season when they were going for the title, how often Liverpool got late goals, even the year before when they were chasing down Manchester City,” he said.
“That man there [Klopp] rightly called his team ‘mentality monsters’ – and rightly so, they deserved that tag – but right now, they are more like mentality midgets.
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“Every time there’s a bit of adversity, you go behind in a game, obviously you’ve had injuries, but this team is just not dealing well with adversity at all in any stage over these last three or four months. That’s not acceptable for Liverpool.
“I played in some really poor Liverpool teams but you still can’t go that long with these defeats at home against the level of opposition, you need to find something from somewhere. Whether that comes from the Champions League, it looks like top four positions now are a long way off.”
Carragher was not the only pundit to criticise Liverpool’s performance with Roy Keane adding: “it is absolutely crises time at the club now.”