It has been a tumultuous few weeks for Liverpool head coach Jurgen Klopp. The poor form that has been haunting his side for weeks coincided with the passing of his mother in an excruciating period for the German manager, and it only got worse when Liverpool lost 3-1 to Leicester in last night’s Premier League clash.
The defending champions of England lost their third consecutive league game in a row, and are now trailing league leaders Manchester City by 13 points with an extra game played. Klopp cut a distraught figure on the touchline after his side’s recent loss, as he went on to admit to conceding the title in the post-match press conference.
Mohamed Salah sent Liverpool ahead in the game, but three goals in quick succession by the Foxes meant that Liverpool would lose yet another game – it was their seventh defeat in their last ten games in all competitions.
A crestfallen Klopp was handling his media duties after the game when a journalist asked him whether he thinks that his side has conceded the title yet or not. Klopp’s reaction to the question was truly a heartbreaking sight – he seemed to be wiping off a tear from his face as he replied in the affirmative.
Liverpool have conceded the league title already according to their head coach, and it was a sight to make even the staunchest of the club’s critics feel bad for the under-fire manager who has also gone through a deeply personal loss in recent weeks.
This actually hurts more than the loss. 😢 pic.twitter.com/flpQXtPG4J— Samue (@MindOfSamue) February 13, 2021
The charismatic German manager is known for rewarding his players with hugs after every game, but the consequences of his recent few weeks have meant that it is Klopp who can certainly use a hug himself now.
Liverpool find themselves barely hanging on to a place in the top four after winning the league title after a gap of three decades last summer, as their head coach who led them to European as well as domestic glory is in a bit of a rough patch in his personal life as well – but if one goes by the passion and the indomitable spirit that he has imparted to his successful Liverpool team’s blueprint, the “Normal One” is certain to bounce back in special style.