Will Klopp Get The Chop?

It’s still early days with a lot of football to come this season, but the pressure does appear to be mounting on the German.

The reds midweek Carabao Cup defeat to Leicester City has certainly brought out some criticism to be aimed at the former Dortmund boss. However, is it justified?

It’s been nearly two years since Klopp took over the reins at Anfield. A club that is full of expectancy but have rarely lived up their title of Big guns in recent years. The Merseyside club have become the butt of many a joke owing to their last title success coming 1990. They have of course claimed domestic cup success and have the magic of Istanbul to look back on during that period. However, what the fans crave is a Premier League title.

Managers have come and gone and that day in October 2015 saw a new wave of hope and expectancy on the red half of Merseyside. 

Jurgen Klopp arrived with a decent CV and reds fans finally felt they had found the man to realise their dreams. 

Taking over from the much maligned Brendan Rodgers, the big German put together two great cup runs reaching both the League Cup and Europa League Finals. ‘So close, yet so far’ and despite a disappointing 8th placed premier league finish the foundations had been laid and things were shaping up nicely. 

The 2016/17 season saw an improvement from a league prospective with champions league qualification from a 4th place finish. A run to the League Cup semi finals also showed the club could combine a healthy league campaign with a cup run. 

This season has seen a difficult start for Klopp and his redmen. A point on the opening day at Watford was followed by a narrow victory at home to Palace. Qualification to the Champions League group stages and a convincing 4-0 win at home to Arsenal looked to be setting the wheels in motion. However, a home draw against Sevilla in Europe and Burnley in the premier league have left the Anfield faithful frustrated. Add the heavy defeat at Man City and elimination from the League Cup and you can see why the pressure is mounting.

I personally think it’s too soon to wield the axe, but football can be a fickle sport and you have to wonder whether FSG may consider a change is needed as soon as possible. A lot hangs on this weekend when Liverpool once again face a trip to Leicester. Will #kloppout be trending on Twitter again?

What do you think? Is Klopp’s time as reds boss coming to an end? If so who could replace him? 

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The Good, The Bad And The Ugly…. A Blues View

It’s always difficult to take any positives or negatives from a goalless draw. Especially at home where it feels as if you’ve dropped vital points. But nevertheless I’ve given it a go.

Today saw Chelsea face Arsenal in a titanic London derby. Chelsea have been in good form after the opening day horror show against Burnley. Meanwhile a mixed start from Arsenal has seen the ‘Wenger Out’ brigade reappear.

So, it wasn’t the most entertaining game and from a Chelsea point of view very frustrating. In the first half the blues lacked any cohesion, but improved during the 2nd half but still lacked the potency to snatch the 3 points. 

The plus points must start with another welcome clean sheet for Tibaut Courtois. The Belgian has been a target for criticism from some quarters, but although not overly troubled it will surely be a huge confidence boost.

Gary Cahill: Another to receive a fair bit of abuse recently. I personally think Gary has been a great servant and deserves more respect. However, it is fair to say that has days as a permanent starter may be coming to an end.

Cesc Fabregas: Cesc will a bit of a luxury player in my opinion. I’ve been a big fan of his and he arrives with a bang during the 2014/15 season. His assists record talks for itself. The decline with the Spaniard is typified by his lack of work rate. He simply doesn’t work as part of a 2 man midfield. He rarely tackles back and Kante looks exposed alongside him. If we’re chasing a game his inventive going forward is paramount to our success in the final third, but even that was lacking today.

Victor Moses: I like the Nigerian international a lot. He does seem to have lost his mojo somewhat though. Converting him into a wing back was a act of genius from Conte. We haven’t really seen the best of him in that role for some time now though and the early signs of Davide Zappacosta shows me that Moses really has to up his game to keep his place in the starting XI.

I’m not one to talk about referees and it’s fair to say he got the red card right. He does like many others lack consistency. Too many niggly fouls went unpunished whilst other challenges that seemed like nothing warranted a booking from Mr Oliver.

Eden Hazard’s return is a huge plus. He showed today in his cameo performance of 20 minutes that he will soon be back to his best. Welcome back Eden.

Tiemoue Bakayoko: His 2nd half performance today was his best yet in a Chelsea shirt. He has been recovering from injury and adapting to the premier league in all fairness, but today he showed fight and an ability going forward as well as tackling back that makes him the perfect partner for N’Golo Kante as part of a two man central misfield. 

I haven’t included David Luiz as a pro or a con as I thought he was excellent before the ‘Rush of blood’ moment. It was rash and he deserved to go. I did think he was one of the best on the pitch before that though.

Their were other not so good performances today and at times the blues looked lacklustre. At the end of the day it’s a long old season and a lot will have been learned today. 

So are there any other positives and negatives that you can take from today’s game?

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A Quick Chat is a new idea that I wish to add to the blog. It’s an exciting project where I hope to be able to have a ‘quick chat’ with former players and others associated with the beautiful game asking them some simple questions about their career and what they are doing now

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