Liverpool Football Club kicked off 2017 with 43 points to show for the first half of the season. Two months later, they’ve played their first game of March and find themselves on 49 points, having earned just six in two months of football.
To call their start to the year disappointing would be an understatement. They have one victory in six league games, lost to Wolves in the FA Cup, and were knocked out of the EFL Cup convincingly by Southampton. Ian Rush, though, is keeping the faith.
“Jürgen Klopp is definitely the man to bring success to Anfield, there’s no doubt about that,” Rush said. “It’s like they’re saying, ‘what’s gone wrong with Klopp’ but nothing has gone wrong with Jürgen Klopp it’s just what happens sometimes.”
When things start to go wrong, and they most certainly have gone wrong for Liverpool, questions tend to be asked of the manager. That’s fair, and it’s clear in retrospect that Klopp has made mistakes this season. That doesn’t make him the wrong man for the job.
Liverpool tapped into some of their history, some of their old lustre, to attract a manager of Klopp’s pedigree in the first place. And for about 12 months, he seemed the most perfect fit for the club that anyone could possibly imagine.
Then it all went wrong. The important thing now is the recovery. On paper, Liverpool have most of their best eleve back fit. On paper, it should be easier to deal with one game a week. Rush believes Klopp can fix it. And if he can’t, what else is there for Liverpool to do?
“People have blips,” he added. “Liverpool had a blip in January and there’s a long way to go yet and 100% in my opinion I think he’s the man for the job.”