Paul Merson says it is not beyond the realms of possibility for Liverpool to take Jurgen Klopp’s future into their own hands by sacking him.
The Liverpool boss has more than earned the right to see out his contract until 2024. After joining in 2015, he has turned the Reds into Champions League and Premier League winners.
However, Klopp has faced more questions than ever this season in his toughest spell in the job. Liverpool have slipped from top of the Premier League to sixth and face a fight to make the top four.
They have lost each of the last four top-flight games and three defeats in four at Anfield have quickly replaced a 68-match unbeaten run on home turf.
Speaking to Sky Sports, presenter Jeff Stelling asked if Klopp should be immune from the sack after giving fans “all they wanted” with the Premier League title last season.
Former Liverpool full-back Glen Johnson said that Liverpool will be banking on Champions League qualification.
Merson, meanwhile, said: “[Jose] Mourinho [did] that to Chelsea – gave them the Premier League and everything they wanted.
“I understand what Glen is saying and this year, I think they would have put that into their budget, top four.
“There’s one sure thing in management, it’s the sack.”
Merson then called for honesty over the scenario in which Klopp begins to face serious scrutiny over his job.
Merson calls for Klopp honesty
“This manager is a great manager but let’s be honest, if he didn’t get into the Champions League next year, we’d be seriously talking going: ‘How is he carrying on?’ You would,” the pundit said.
“For how great he is and he’s a great manager for what he’s done at Liverpool.
“I know you could say it’s a different animal but Mourinho [did] it at Chelsea. He [did] it at Chelsea.”
Liverpool return to action on Sunday evening when they face Sheffield United at Bramall Lane.