The mood is low at Anfield after Jurgen Klopp admitted the 3-0 defeat to Brighton was the worst of his managerial career.
After an extraordinary season last year, Liverpool are suffering something of a hangover. Last season, Liverpool won the F.A Cup and the League Cup and were one game away from winning the Premier League and Champions League.
They played in 63 games, which is the highest possible number of games they were eligible for. This season, a squad shorn of Sadio Mane with an aging midfield is feeling the effects.
They’ve lost six times this season after only losing four times last season. The Brighton loss was the second time they’ve lost consecutive games this year.
Their away form has also suffered, with the most away defeats (5) since 2017-2018. As fantastic as he is, this kind of season is always a possibility with Jurgen Klopp.
He doesn’t have the same squad as Pep Guardiola. Considering his intense playing style, injuries and fatigue can easily undercut him.
There is also something of a pattern to observe with Jurgen Klopp – pleasingly, to do with the magical number 7. He managed Mainz for seven years before burning out. His seventh and final season with Dortmund was catastrophic.
Evoking that as a reason for their struggles this year could be painted as foolish. However, Klopp himself is clearly thinking about it because he mentioned it.
“At Dortmund, it was clear when I left, I said ‘something has to change here’. It is a different situation.”
“Either the manager’s position changes or a lot of other things change. So, as far as I am concerned unless someone tells me I will not go.
“I will be here for as long as I am wanted. If no one tells me to go, I will not go. So that means maybe there is a point where we have to change other stuff. We will see that, but that is something for the future. Like summer or whatever. Not now.
“I have space and time to think about it, we have to play better football now.”