Jürgen Klopp is one of Europe's most high-profile, charismatic, and down-to-earth managers. He's always developed a special connection with the fans, and in his short time in England, that pattern has continued thus far. An appendix operation removed Klopp from the dugout against Sunderland on Saturday, but the row over ticket prices was not an issue that he'd have to address.
It's an unenviable position for a manager in this instance. Take the side of the fans or the owner? Well, it doesn't actually have to be a case of supporting one faction and damning the other. Irrespective of one's stance on the issue, Liverpool require togetherness and relative peace within the club. The former Borussia Dortmund manager was a unifying figure of sorts, banishing all negativity and uncertainty surrounding the manager of one of football's great institutions. However, what did the popular manager make of the weekend's events?
It's not too easy for me to say too much, I heard about it of course but I've had a lot of things to do in the last few weeks. So now I know it's my problem too of course. But everything I say about this now will make it more complicated because I have to first of all collect some information but what I know is that everyone in the club has a big interest in finding a solution. It's not what we want of course. We don't want the people leaving the stadium before the game is finished. That's it, that's all I can say about this but when I heard it I was disappointed.
The 77th minute walkout by thousands of at Anfield -- against a Sunderland side that would later snatch a draw from a dozy Liverpool -- has prompted a potential rethink on the new ticket price structure. Some felt the walkout affeccted the players and directed contributed to Sunderland's fightback, which Pep Lijnders promptly and rightly dismissed. Liverpool wilting, failing to convince, and displaying worrying fragility still exist despite the best efforts of Jürgen Klopp. We've seen Liverpool disappoint quite a few times this season, making Saturday part of a familiar story as opposed to a most unexpected tale.
Klopp has tried to reignite Anfield's atmosphere and seemed to make a breakthrough against West Bromwich Albion. He's right to be cautious about what he says, but from a footballing perspective, the Swabian might have to repeat the trick of reigniting Anfield once again. Results won't necessarily mask the issue at hand, but Klopp will desperately want to see the fans feel as close to the club as possible. His style of management benefits from, encourages, and seeks the involvement of the fans as highly passionate and satisfied members of a club that's unified.
Right now, there seem to be more doubters than believers.