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Fresh Klopp sack offensive launched by pundit, as ‘astonishing’ Rodgers comparison could twist Liverpool arm

Jurgen Klopp, October 2022

Jason Cundy insists he was one of the first to float a Jurgen Klopp sack at Liverpool – and has reinstated that belief after their latest defeat.

The Anfield club have chased Manchester City all the way for the Premier League title in the past four years – and triumphed in 2020 – with multiple 90-plus point tallies.

But, they started the current campaign with no wins in three matches. And questions arose as to whether it was a blip, or the start of a worrying decline.

However, their latest defeat to Arsenal on Sunday has ramped up the pressure even more on Klopp. Former Liverpool man Dietmar Hamann wondered how long it would be before talk turns to his future.

Hamann spoke of signs from Jordan Henderson that all is not well within the dressing room and with the manager.

talkSPORT pundit Cundy has advanced talk of Klopp’s future. He insisted he suggested earlier this season that the German has looked under pressure. Indeed, he looked at the way Chelsea sacked Thomas Tuchel in September, despite enjoying a better start to the season than the Reds.

“I said not long ago is there any reason why Klopp can’t be sacked?” Cundy said.

“This was after Tuchel got sacked by Chelsea. Chelsea were above Liverpool in the league and at that stage had a better start to the Champions League group stage, that was the situation.”

Cundy then offered more perspective on Klopp’s situation by referencing a comparison with Brendan Rodgers.

The Leicester boss was Klopp’s predecessor at Anfield and Cundy noted how Liverpool’s Fenway Sports Group (FSG) owners could be getting flashbacks.

Klopp sack talk amid Liverpool comparison

“Klopp anytime soon I don’t believe is going to be talked about [leaving]. But there’s a stat I heard today that I found astonishing,” Cundy said.

“In the same amount of games as Brendan Rodgers’ final season, they were 10th but with two points less when Brendan got the sack.

“Now obviously what Klopp has done for Liverpool Football Club in the last six years has been absolutely remarkable.

“But the money-men upstairs, if it looks like Liverpool might miss out on the top four, let me tell you some stranger decisions have been made. That’s all I’m going to say.”

Liverpool can hit back at their recent criticism with a win over Rangers on Wednesday. Victory at Ibrox would push them ever closer to the knock-out stages of the Champions League.

But, Man City await on Sunday and Liverpool will have to improve ten-fold to get anything at Anfield.

Reds may not get key spark

Liverpool’s season needs one big Premier League win to kick-start the momentum, but it is unclear where that will come from.

The 9-0 victory over Bournemouth did not suffice, nor did the dramatic late 2-1 win over Newcastle.

They have yet to win in the Premier League since those matches. And while they showed flashes of control and dominance against Arsenal, the drop-off overall was clear to see.

A win at Arsenal, or against Man City, is the sort of result Liverpool need to really get themselves going.

However, the intensity has dropped and the defence is creaking.

It remains unclear if Klopp’s men have enough to make it another Premier League classic against their title rivals of the past few seasons.