Liverpool could finish as low as 14th in the Premier League this season
Chris Sutton, a former player, and pundit believes this. Sutton discussed Liverpool’s troubles this season on BBC 5 Live’s Monday Night Club last night.
“I think the biggest problem at Liverpool is the uncertainty that is permeating the entire organization,” he remarked. “There’s a doubt with the owners, uncertainty in terms of the way they are playing on the pitch and there needs to be uncertainty over Jurgen Klopp and I’m not suggesting he should be terminated in any way shape or form. He has a lot of money in the bank.
“Is what I would say, and I don’t know the answer to this, but when do Liverpool supporters or the owners run out of patience with Jurgen Klopp? With the way Liverpool has performed this season, ending in 12th or 14th place is not out of the question. That is not, in my opinion, impossible.
“Then, is there the belief that Jurgen Klopp because of what he has done previously can pull the club back up? Because it appears that the club requires a huge overhaul in terms of playing personnel.
“I really don’t know when Jurgen Klopp has had enough. That one is beyond me. Because, while I believe that bank credit is crucial, is his race held in Liverpool?”
Klopp remains the finest candidate for the position.
Prior to this season, the idea that Klopp may leave Liverpool was dismissed as absurd. The German is without a doubt the club’s best manager of the contemporary era.
What he accomplished at Anfield will go down in history. Many Liverpool fans would sooner sell every single player and fire every single member of staff than hand Jurgen his P45.
And, for the most part, that remains true. That’s how it should be. But there’s also the unavoidable fact of Liverpool’s current situation. 10th place in the table is new ground for Klopp’s Reds. Although there are mitigating factors, the management must accept some of the blame.
As a result, it’s reasonable to ask why Sutton is here. The same questions have been raised at various occasions during Klopp’s tenure. But this time, the decrease appears to be more lasting. Any other manager at Liverpool this season would almost certainly have been fired.
Of course, whatever of the outcome of this season, it still appears unlikely that Klopp will succumb to that fate. A ninth-place finish would be Liverpool’s worst in the Premier League era, and it might be surpassed.
However, in terms of points, the gap to the European locations remains small. Brighton, Brentford, and Fulham, for example, will all lose points between now and May. Liverpool has plenty of time to finish the season on a high note. The rebuilding process then begins. And, regardless of the story of 22/23, Klopp remains the right man to lead it.