Klopp 'could WALK AWAY from Liverpool' mid-season, says Ian Ladyman

Jurgen Klopp ‘could QUIT Liverpool’ this season if Reds’ struggles continue, says Ian Ladyman on Mail Sport’s It’s All Kicking Off podcast

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  • Liverpool underwhelmed last season and a similar campaign could be disastrous
  • Ian Ladyman believes Jurgen Klopp could decide for the club if team struggles

Jurgen Klopp could walk away from Liverpool this season if their campaign is falling as flat as last season, Mail Sport’s Ian Ladyman believes. 

Speaking on the brand new podcast It’s All Kicking Off, he posited that the German might fall on his sword for the good of the club if he deems it necessary.  

Last season was a struggle for the Reds, who missed out on the Champions League and major cracks started to appear. 

The midfield became a problem, with Fabinho and Jordan Henderson, who have since left for Saudi, suffering a severe loss of form. 

Those deficiencies in midfield were there for all to see and even though they have strengthened through Dominik Szoboszlai and Alexis Mac Allister, there’s still no recognised No 6.


Ian Ladyman (left) and Chris Sutton (right) discussed whether Jurgen Klopp could leave Liverpool this season if the campaign begins to slip away as it did last term

Klopp is under big pressure to turn the ship around this season at Anfield 

It also appears that the Reds need to strengthen in defence, but with so many issues to address, they enter the season’s opener against Chelsea on Sunday with plenty of unknowns. 

If Liverpool are to struggle again and mirror some of the poor form of last season, Mail Sport’s Ladyman, speaking on the debut episode of Mail Sport’s It’s All Kicking Off podcast, says Klopp could walk away. 

‘I think this is a huge season for Liverpool this time around,’ he said. ‘They struggled last term as we know and I think if they struggle again this time, then we might be witnessing the start or indeed the start of the end, or the end of the Jurgen Klopp era. 

‘I’m not sure he’ll hang around if Liverpool don’t do well in the first six or seven months of the season.’ 

Chris Sutton replied: ‘I’m not so sure that the owners… I mean they would have a big decision to make if they don’t recover, I’d agree with you there. I think their issue… all the good attackers they have, lost midfielders, decent recruitment in Mac Allister and Szoboszlai, but the key is defence. 

‘Virgil van Dijk, if he gets his form back they’ll have a really good season. But he wasn’t right last season and hasn’t been since he came back from injury. If he doesn’t recover, they’ll have a leaky defence again.’

Ladyman then asked: ‘What do you think Klopp would do though? I sensed last season, Klopp was getting to that kind of point where he was beginning to kind of churn inside and struggle with it a little bit. 

‘They recovered though, a recovery of sorts’, Sutton reflected. 

‘I totally get it and I think the fans because of his record have always stuck with him. He’s had such a good time, so consistent before a blip last season. Now it is about recruitment and whether they can bounce back. But I totally agree, if they fall away, he will have a decision to make himself but also the fans may change their feelings towards him. You’ve done great for however many years but now it may be time for a new voice.’

Ladyman replied: ‘I don’t think that will happen, I don’t think that the fans will turn on Klopp, except for the idiots that ring the kind of phone ins you work on! I think the rational fans will never want him to go. 

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Liverpool have strength in attack and recruited in midfield, but are a concern defensively 

Ladyman believes Klopp is the type of character who could fall on his sword 

‘The second season in a row going badly becomes a bit of a problem,’ Sutton, the former Blackburn and Celtic striker, added.

Before Ladyman agreed: ‘It absolutely does. And I think Klopp is the type of bloke, who if he was to sense it slipping away, would take the decision out of the club’s hands. Of course I don’t know that, I don’t have a crystal ball! But I can see it being feasible that it happens.’

Liverpool ended last season well to eventually finish in fifth place, but for large parts of the campaign they were almost unrecognisable. 

They have the Europa League to contend with and their rivals have significantly strengthened, so it will be fascinating to see if Klopp can turn the ship around.  

It’s All Kicking Off is an exciting new podcast from Mail Sport that promises a different take on Premier League football, launching with a preview show on Thursday and every week this season.

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