Saturday 21 July 2018

Jurgen Klopp - Don't blame the Liverpool owners for a crumbling season

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp lambasted his side's defensive display against Tottenham on Sunday
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp lambasted his side's defensive display against Tottenham on Sunday
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has leapt to the defence of the club's much-maligned owners by insisting he is to blame for the troubles he has endured in the opening weeks of this season.

The prundent financial structure put in place by Liverpool's American owners Fairway Sports Group has been highlighted as one of the primary reasons why the club have spent less money in the transfer market than all their major Premier League rivals in recent years.

Failed bids to sign defenders last summer are now coming back to haunt Klopp and Liverpool after a succession of big setbacks in recent weeks, but Klopp has moved to put himself in the firing line for the slump.

"I am 100% responsible for all this," Klopp declared. "I know I am. I can not blame the owners.

"Even if I would want to shift the blame, I can not say the owners are the problem here or the players are the problem. No.

"I don’t think I am the problem. It is about relationships. We have to do things better. It is not that I don’t know how it should work.

"People maybe think that happens in football, that one day you lose half a brain or whatever, but that is not how it is. We have to create a mood and atmosphere where the players can deliver what is needed."

Klopp insisted the club remain fully behind him despite defensive flaws in his team that were highlighted in last Sunday's disastrous 4-1 defeat against Tottenham, as he offered up this passionate defence of his position.

"People think maybe I’m not the right one anymore and stuff like this. Inside the club nobody thinks it," he added. "Not from the owners and not from me. We all want to do it the right way.

"Okay, we can try again like we did two years ago and bring in a new manager but the problems are always the same.

"Obviously the other teams are really good and you cannot be (immediately) better than them. But we are on their level when we play them usually.

"Tottenham was the first time it didn’t work. We all know that even though the result at City looks s***, we were on their level.

"Now we go again talking about defending, players and our mistakes in the summer. It makes absolutely no sense.

"How can we think like this? We have to look in this direction - the future. We cannot talk about the same things as other people do - that this one or that one is not good enough.

"They are all good enough. My responsibility is to give them all the information they need to deliver. I feel responsible for that.

"We’ve got a lot of games to come and if we can do what we’re able to and use our experience then it can still be a wonderful season."

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