Ben Jacobs is reporting that Jurgen Klopp is “frustrated” at the moment but if he leaves Liverpool it will be on his “own terms”.
Liverpool have been a shambles this season as they currently find themselves stuck around the mid-table places in the Premier League. This comes after they came close to winning the title in 2021/22.
There is a feeling that Klopp has credit in the bank at Liverpool, which is fair enough given all he has achieved since taking over at Anfield in 2015.
The Reds have struggled with injuries this season and it looks like a few of their players are now past their peak. There is expected to be a major rebuild in the summer with Jude Bellingham and Matheus Nunes among their targets.
Klopp’s position at Liverpool has come under question in recent weeks but Jacobs thinks it will be a “collaborative decision” when the German comes to leave the club.
“So I think with Klopp the investment is still there. And my understanding has always been that those connected to the ownership group, remain highly invested in him and respectful of him,” Jacobs told TEAMtalk.
“So there won’t be a midseason sacking. And I don’t think his future will depend solely on that two-legged tie against Real Madrid either.
“It’s really more about a collaborative decision, which will take a bit longer between Klopp and the ownership group at Liverpool, as to where they want to be.
“And if Klopp ends up leaving Liverpool at any point, I think it will be completely on his own terms because of the respect that the football club has for what he’s done. But also an understanding that some of these Liverpool problems at the moment aren’t down to him.”
Jacobs later explained that Klopp will have to decide “whether or not he is invested” in the club’s new project this summer.
“There’s not a feeling that the dressing room is broken, there’s not a feeling that Klopp is the wrong manager for the job,” Jacobs added.
“It’s more down to circumstance. Liverpool have had injuries, they haven’t been able to necessarily get all of their targets, there is also uncertainty over FSG and their future at the football club. They’re 100% committed, but if they bring on a new partner, how much input does that partner have? And what will be their day-to-day nature?
“Is it more of a strategic investment or a hands-on investment and to what stake, which is important as well. Because the bigger the stake, arguably the more influence you’re entitled to. Including some say over the football direction of the club.
“So Klopp is fine for now. He’s frustrated clearly. And there’s a shifting tide within the Premier League this season with Newcastle’s ambition and ownership group paying off. And they’ve spent relatively big and Chelsea’s spending potentially paying off in the second half of the season as well.
“So Liverpool are falling down the pecking order within the big six or big seven. And also the table as well.
“But the club can rectify that, and a bit of spending can rectify that. And a new investor can rectify that. But these things all take time.
“So the big question, I think, will more likely come at the end of the season, and on Klopp’s terms, whether or not he is invested in the new project.”
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