Jurgen Klopp has the full backing of Liverpool’s American owners to lead the club’s revival from their wretched form regardless of the Merseysiders’ catastrophic title defence.
An extraordinary slump since the turn of the year has seen Liverpool surrender their Premier League crown, suffer the humiliation of a record-breaking six consecutive home defeats, and concede significant ground in the race for Champions League positions.
But the faith of Fenway Sports Group in the coach who has delivered the English title and Champions League to Anfield since 2019 has not wavered, with questions over his future privately dismissed as absurd.
The club’s hierarchy rate Klopp as the best manager in the world. They consider him integral to the solution as the club looks to remedy what has gone so horribly wrong since being top of the Premier League on St Stephen’s Day.
Liverpool’s owners see the last two months as an anomaly interrupting five years of spectacular progress - the consequences of a season which has been contaminated by numerous external factors, not least the unprecedented number of injuries to key defenders and midfielders. FSG’s strategy has been consistent since Klopp was appointed and will not change even if the club loses its Champions League status.
Although the pandemic has impacted on the club’s finances, the anticipated return to normality for the start of next season means Klopp will have money to spend this summer, albeit he will work with similar resources as part of the self-sustaining financial model he has been accustomed to throughout his tenure.
When asked recently if he anticipated a rebuild and influx of fresh recruits, offloading some of those who have been integral to his success, Klopp said it’s unnecessary.
“Rebuild? No. What is ‘rebuild’ exactly? Rebuild means ten out ten in? Changes to which XI?” he said.
“I know what you mean, but I don’t think it is time for a massive rebuild”
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