Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp, has played down the “seventh-year cycle theory,” espoused by critics to explain Liverpool’s poor form this season. What is the seventh-year cycle theory?
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp reached the seventh year of his managerial role at Anfield since taking over from Raphael Benitez in 2015.
Klopp took up Liverpool and built the team to not just a regular Champions League team, but a Premier League title contender.
Since he was appointed Liverpool manager on October 8, 2022, Jurgen Klopp has won six major trophies.
In 2019, the former Borussia Dortmund manager led the Reds to their sixth European cup after winning the Champions League.
In an all English final, goals from Mohamed Salah and Divorck Origi sealed a 2-0 victory over Tottenham at the Metropolitano Stadium.
That was the first trophy won by Jurgen Klopp as Liverpool’s manager, and it was a great way to boost his managerial profile at the club.
Klopp went ahead to win the Premier League, Carabao Cup, FA Cup, FIFA Club World Cup, and the Community Shield.
Klopp can be tipped as one of the most successful managers in European football and Liverpool was a pedestal for him to shoot his managerial career to another level.
Liverpool narrowly lost out of a quadruple last season, winning the FA Cup and Carling Cup, while finishing as runners-up in the Premier League and the Champions League.
Despite his brilliant feat with the Reds last season, Liverpool has seen their rating in the Premier League dropped this season.
They have recorded only two wins, four draws and a defeat, and are 9th on the Premier League table.
Jurgen Klopp is under intense pressure to deliver results as the team continues to struggle even against less-fancied teams.
Meanwhile, pundits have used the “seventh-year cycle theory” to explain Liverpool’s dwindling form and the prospects of Jurgen Klopp at Anfield.
Klopp had managed two Bundesliga clubs before taking up the Liverpool job in the Premier League. In those clubs, Klopp had failed to make it to the eighth season.
Pundits opined that a similar fate may likely befall Jurgen Klopp as he struggles with Liverpool in his eighth season with the club.
Meanwhile, Jurgen Klopp has rejected the claims that Liverpool’s form may be traced to the seven-year cycle.
“The situation was really different. A seven-year spell was not planned or because I lost energy,” Klopp said.
“I was a manager at Mainz and, after three years, we got promoted to the Bundesliga then three years later we got relegated.
“We tried one more year and the club needed a change, players left us for the Bundesliga so they needed a fresh start.”
On his spell with Dortmund, he said: “I went directly to Dortmund and it was all fine. [It was] seven years ,and it was just a situation that players constantly got bought by other clubs.
“It was a really hard job to do, constantly making two steps back.”
However, Klopp said: “I can understand that I left after seven years and now we are in a difficult situation, but, if you think twice about it, you realise the situation is completely different.”
Liverpool is struggling to find their feet this season. Klopp may be under pressure, but there is no sign that this may be his last season with the club.