Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has revealed one of his greatest fears when he first took the job as the Reds manager. The 58-year-old German disclosed that he feared he was going to be sacked at the early stage of his tenure in the English club if he was given enough time to rebuild the club for trophy contender.
Klopp revealed this on Wednesday while he was speaking with Sky Sports News about his stay in Anfield as the boss. The German man stated that he told the Anfield bosses that he needed ample time to restructure the team and build it good enough to be able to contend for major titles. According to him, he told the club owners Fenway Sports Group that they should not expect magic at the exact instance he was given the job, however, with time the team will be made perfect.
Quoting his words: “It was clear we cannot fix it overnight. Everyone wanted that but we couldn’t so I had to ask for time, I knew,” Klopp said on Sky Sports’ Football Show.
“Before that in my career I never got the sack so I had no experience with that, but I knew then it was a different level, and if I can’t deliver here quick enough, then I will get the sack.
“We got that time and the nice thing is that after six, seven, eight games, they were really positive about the situation, they realised we were on the right path. From that moment they didn’t question it one second.”
Expectedly, Jurgen Klopp spent his early years in the club to build the team to become a formidable force in Premier League and Europe at large. Klopp who took over from Brendan Rodgers in 2015 led the Reds to Europa League finals in 2016 where the team lost to Spain club side Sevilla.
Nevertheless, the owners of the Reds did not compromise their faith in the German boss, he was given more time. According to Klopp, he said: “They were full of faith and trust, and they said the path we will stay on, and everything will be fine. That’s what we did then,”
“When we lost finals against Sevilla or [Manchester] City or Real Madrid, I think pundits say: ‘If he doesn’t win the next one then they might change.’
“But internally it was never somebody thinking like this.”