Jurgen Klopp is leading Liverpool through one of the most interesting paths of the 2020-2021 season which is also one of his biggest tests as the manager of the Merseyside club.
Though when the German coach started his reign at the club in 2015, the club was struggling, Jurgen Klopp has overtime built a high standard for himself at the club which could make it difficult for the club’s fans to accept less. However, his antecedents at the club have also made it difficult for the club’s board and fans to completely turn their backs on him.
Recall that after struggling to rebuild Liverpool during the 2015-2016 season, Klopp went on to take the club to a Europa League final which he lost, and then to a Champions League final in the 2017-2018 season which he also lost.
Though he conquered Europe and club football across the world, Klopp was not able to do much in domestic football.
In the 2019-2020 season, Jurgen Klopp and his boys prioritized conquering the English FA Cup and the Premier League. The German tactician was not able to win the FA Cup that season but succeeded in winning the Premier League title for Liverpool for the first time in 30 years.
Most football fans across the world thought Liverpool will continue to dominate or at least continue to be a contender in all the competitions they were involved in during the 2020-2021 season. Unfortunately for Liverpool, injuries and lack of form made it difficult for the team to do much.
Hence, Jurgen Klopp has been struggling with Liverpool in most parts of the 2020-2021 season to the extent they failed in all the competitions they were involved in. The worst part is, they are yet to secure a place in the top four.
Jurgen Klopp race for the top four
Liverpool are currently on the 5th spot on the league table with 63 points in 36 games, just a point behind 4th placed Chelsea, and three points behind 3rd placed Leicester City. This means that Jurgen Klopp and his boys must keep winning while they await on Leicester City or Chelsea to drop points.
Jurgen Klopp has just two league games – against Burnley at 20:15 today, May 18, and against Crystal Palace on May 23. Liverpool are condemned to beat these two teams to stand a chance of making it into the top four.
Ahead of the Premier League game against Burnley, coach Jurgen Klopp stressed that it would be “absolutely massive” if Liverpool manage to make it into the top four which will qualify them for next season’s UEFA Champions League campaign.
“It will be one of the biggest achievements, ever”, Klopp said about Liverpool’s potential qualification for next season’s Champions League.
“I know how that sounds but it’s the truth. Everybody here sees it like that.
“If you are going to write a book about a season and you want to be depressed afterward, you would probably take this season.
“You read it and then think, ‘that happened, and then that happened.’ Most of the things you would never get in public, it’s just that we had a lot of things to deal with.
“But, here we are. Whatever happened this year, it gave us the chance to hold our destiny in our hands with two games [to go.]”