Jurgen Klopp has asserted that the reason he is still the manager of Liverpool is due to his past successes, rather than the team’s current form. The Reds have been in a slump lately, with three consecutive losses in all competitions and sitting eighth in the Premier League, their worst finish since Klopp took over from Brendan Rodgers in 2015-16. Despite this, Klopp’s position has yet to be questioned. He believes that the club’s owners are aware of the situation and that he is not here as a talisman or for murals on house walls.
Klopp has been at Anfield for seven and a half years, making him the longest-serving manager in the Premier League. During this time, he has led Liverpool to win major honours, including their first top-flight title in 30 years in 2019-20. However, they are currently 30 points behind current leaders Arsenal after Saturday’s 4-1 defeat at City.
When asked why he is still in his position despite the team’s current form, Klopp joked that he is the Premier League’s “last man standing”. He also commented on the recent sackings of Julian Nagelsmann, Antonio Conte, Brendan Rodgers and Graham Potter, saying that it is part of the business and that if clubs do not reach their expectations then they have to accept the decisions.
Klopp is fully committed to finding a way out of this slump and is disappointed that his team are performing so poorly. He is aware that he is still here because of his past successes and does not like having to rely on them. Whether this is right or wrong will be seen in the future.