While some Chelsea fans have a lot to sing about in their fixture versus Liverpool, a Liverpool fan has taken to the media to blast Jurgen Klopp and the club’s captain, Virgil van Dijk.
Following Liverpool’s 1-1 draw against Chelsea on Sunday in their very first game of the 2023/24 Premier League season, a Liverpool fan identified as “Paul”, expressed his belief that it might be time for Jurgen Klopp to step down as the manager.
Speaking on talkSPORT, Paul outlined what he perceived as a series of errors made by the German manager in recent weeks.
Paul’s critique commenced with Klopp’s decision-making, highlighting his reservations about the club’s choice to sell Jordan Henderson, who recently transferred to Saudi Pro League side Al Ettifaq.
Additionally, he called out Liverpool’s captain Virgil van Dijk, suggesting that his leadership qualities were lacking.
Moreover, Paul criticized Klopp’s handling of transfer pursuits for players Moises Caicedo and Romeo Lavia, even though the deals for these potential additions were still in progress.
He predicted that the perceived missteps by Jurgen Klopp in the transfer end would cost him his job at Liverpool.
Paul’s sentiments were captured in his statement to talkSPORT,
“I think he’s got to go. I think the grace you just talked about was in view of winning the Champions League and the Premier League. But how long can that go on? I mean, how long do you give a manager grace? I think he’s now going to be found out very quickly.”
The call continued with Paul expressing sympathy for Chelsea’s performance in the second half and then directing his criticism towards Liverpool defenders, particularly Virgil van Dijk and Trent Alexander-Arnold.
He reiterated his view that Klopp had made a series of errors, most notably the quick departure of Jordan Henderson, whom he deemed as a vital leader.
Paul further elaborated on his perspective, stating,
“Van Dijk’s not a leader. The way I see it, he has no leadership qualities whatsoever. He’s just laid back. It also appears he’s messed up on [Moises] Caicedo and he appears to have messed up on [Romeo] Lavia as well. They need five new players. As I say, Van Dijk is not a leader. Trent is rubbish, quite frankly. They need a proper defender and they don’t have a real striker either.”
While Paul acknowledged that some players, like Mac Allister, performed decently, he believes the era of Jurgen Klopp may be reaching its ultimate fat.