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“For the first time”- Pundit analyses change in Jurgen Klopp’s mannerisms after latest Liverpool loss



Gary Neville analysed the change in the mannerisms of Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp

Speaking on the Gary Neville Podcast (h/t Mirror), Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville talked about the change in mannerisms he has noticed in Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp after the defeat to Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Liverpool’s poor run of form continued at the Molineux on Saturday when they were humbled 3-0 by Julen Lopetegui’s men. While the performance wasn’t as bad as it was against Brighton in the league, some of the defending were embarrassing.

After the match, Klopp talked about why the things in the first 12 minutes were not allowed to happen, yet they made it happen (conceding two soft goals). He ended that press conference boasting that he is confident of turning this around.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp retains full backing from the owners despite the current form.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp looking dejected and applauding the away fans after the 3-0 defeat to Wolves. (Photo by DARREN STAPLES/AFP via Getty Images)

Talking about the German and the resigned look he had after the game, here’s Neville (h/t Mirror):

“To be fair, for the first time after a game I’ve probably seen Jurgen Klopp in some way apologising. Almost like where do I start reaction after the game.

“Look there’s internationals still in that back four, all of them are and nowhere near good enough, individually and collectively there’s no excuse for that.”

Neville’s friend and Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher tweeted on the day about how the Reds lacked leadership at the back. He also talked about how the true colours of a defender are exposed when not playing alongside a leader.

Both Joe Gomez and Joel Matip – who have had great success at Liverpool – have looked like they cannot play together in a back four. It just goes to show the importance of Virgil van Dijk in that defence.

Although the Dutchman hasn’t been in great form this season, Klopp’s men have won all of their major trophies owing to the fact that van Dijk was at the back marshalling the defence.

So, as much as you can talk about his form, sometimes the presence and leadership qualities of a player do half of the job. We hope that he is back in team training this week.

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For Klopp, he knows this isn’t improving overnight. Getting any significant result before the summer will be a tall order. They just need to fight through moments and hope for the light at the end of the tunnel.