It appears that five or more years of Jurgen Klopp have taken their toll on the Liverpool players. The sacking of Thomas Tuchel is a reminder of the brutal and fragile nature of football management. Nobody is immune.
Half an hour later, Virgil van Dijk stood terrified with his arms outstretched. Moments after clearing one of his obvious off-line chances, he watched his defense ripped to shreds once again, while Liverpool’s forwards puffed and puffed with Napoli’s home unaffected.
Near the end of Liverpool’s first-half embarrassment, tongue in cheek, Twitter fans reminded us that “Available”.
“Can he play half the middle in a short time?” was one response. Joe Gomez stole the show – he was everywhere and he was wrong on all three first-half goals: giving the ball away, failing to track runners and getting on and off the ball. But Napoli scored again within a minute of replacing Gomez at the end of the first half. This is not only his rock bottom, but Liverpool under Jürgen Klopp.
Van Dijk appears to have turned ten years old in the past six months. Andrew Robertson looks similar to lead. Trent Alexander-Arnold’s ego has grown to the point where he doesn’t even bother to run at all. And having played like a 20-year-old until his 35th birthday, James Milner at 36 now looks like a professional soccer player, completing matches with an afternoon nap.
Unlike the start of 2021, when Liverpool lost eight of their 12 Premier League games, warnings weren’t easy to get. there be But not to the same extent. And at no time were they beaten and embarrassed as they were in Naples.
Klopp’s style, like any top-tier manager, requires absolute commitment. The high streak only works if there is some sort of control and consistent pressure on the ball; Liverpool don’t have either. Defense he is Terrible, but it’s not the defenders themselves who suffer. If a team member does not pull his weight it is difficult; With so few Liverpool players lifting their weights, the football Klopp plays has proven impossible.
And on a day when Thomas Tuchel was sacked by Chelsea, who overtake Liverpool in the Premier League and have yet to fall for the Reds this season, we are reminded of the brutal and fragile nature of football management.
Chelsea owner Todd Boehle has dismissed all sentiment from his decision, refusing to work due to Tuchel’s past successes or the loyalty he has shown. It was toughBut as we often know and remember, not just today but every day, this is football. And if FSG narrows its focus to this season, ignoring the wonderful things Klopp has done with his football club, the German could be on his ear at lunchtime on Thursday.
If Liverpool players want Klopp to stay, they have a funny way of showing it. Either that, or they just don’t have the energy to stick to his methods.
They seem to be on the verge of collapse. It’s certainly no coincidence that Luis Diaz, who scored a beautiful goal and headed home, and Harvey Elliott, are the standout players this season. The rest of the starting line-up spent five or more years with Klopp – the old players had nothing left in them.
It’s almost as if they suffer a Klopp tax, which means you can add an extra two years to the life of every player who has lived, succeeded, but ultimately struggled season after season without any respite from the hustle and bustle of heavy metal. in their ears.
Maybe, just maybe, they’ve had enough.