Peter Crouch has ruled out the idea that Jurgen Klopp could leave Liverpool despite their poor run of form.
Liverpool were a class above everyone else last season as they won the Premier League title by a convincing margin.
However, they have struggled to defend their title in recent months. Injuries in defence have not helped, but they have not looked themselves all over the pitch.
Klopp’s side have lost their last three games in a row – the first time that has happened since January 2017.
It has led to talk of pressure on Klopp. While it seems unlikely Liverpool would sack the manager that restored them to glory, the idea of him stepping down has been suggested.
Former Liverpool striker Crouch, though, believes that should not be the case.
Even though the pundit believes Klopp should be the man to decide when his time as Liverpool manager ends, he does not think such a decision will arrive any time soon.
Crouch told the Daily Mail: “I really don’t see that happening.
“Jurgen Klopp has been – and continues to be – outstanding for Liverpool and if there are any supporters who think his time is over, I would suggest they take a long, hard look at themselves.
“What that man has done for their club is unbelievable.
“Klopp is grieving at the moment and people would do well to stand back and give him some respect.
“I can’t imagine how he feels having lost his mum and he also has had to contend with the added upset of not being able to return for her funeral. What a dreadful set of circumstances it is.
“Whenever the time comes for Klopp to move on, it should be left for him to decide – nobody else.
“Look at his achievements: Liverpool have contested finals, won the biggest prizes, seen players of great potential become world-class superstars under his guidance.
“True, the title defence hasn’t gone to plan but let’s not forget that Liverpool were top of the table on Christmas Day and they are dealing with a remarkable injury list.
“This decline isn’t terminal. History shows Klopp isn’t someone who walks away in difficult moments. Why would he do it now?”
Klopp doesn’t need a break
Speaking at his latest press conference, Klopp himself dismissed the idea that he needs a break following the death of his mother, whose funeral he was unable to attend.
“I don’t need a break,” he declared.
“The last thing I want is to talk about private things in the press conference, but everybody knows that privately we had an absolutely tougher time.
“But that is not only for only three weeks ago, that is a much a longer time already. We always deal with it as a family, 100 per cent.
“If I’m private, I’m private. If I’m in in the workplace I’m here. Of course we are influenced by things that happen around me, but nobody has to worry about me.
“I might not look like this, because the weather is not cool, the beard gets more and more grey, I don’t sleep a lot. That’s all true, but I’m full of energy. Honestly.”