Peter Crouch backs Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp to stop the current crisis
Former Liverpool striker Peter Crouch has insisted Jurgen Klopp should not come under pressure at Anfield despite a poor run of recent results, saying all of his achievements at the club deserve patience to return to victory.
A tough 2020/21 schedule has taken its toll on a Liverpool side which have been hit hard by two serious injuries to the heart of the defense. The Reds haven’t won a Premier League game this side of Christmas and haven’t even scored a league goal in 2021.
Klopp are missing Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez, both nursing long-term knee injuries, his strongest XI and a lack of depth at the back has had a ripple effect on the rest of the team. team due to a forced reshuffle. to fill the holes.
Whether it was the work of true Liverpool fans or not, #KloppOut was all the rage on Twitter following the defeat to Manchester United in the FA Cup, but Crouch is adamant there is reason to believe the manager who delivered the club’s first league title in 30 years is in danger.
“I don’t think he’s under pressure at all. I think he’s got grace there for two or three years, even if he doesn’t win another game, for what he’s accomplished, “said Crouch. 90 minutes Ben Haines.
“They’ve been wonderful the last two or three years, especially. Leading one of the best Man City teams we’ve ever seen so closely [in 2018/19], then winning the Champions League, winning the Premier League, ”added the 39-year-old.
“Yes, they are taking a dive. I’ve been in a lot of games this season and they haven’t lived up to the usual standards and have definitely gone down. But, that said, they are top players, world class players, and I think they will be back to their best very soon.
Crouch believes there is no single reason for Liverpool’s poor performance in recent times but one of the biggest issues is the loss of Van Dijk and not just as an isolated absence.
“I don’t think there is a huge problem at all at the club,” explained Crouch, who is a regular BT Sport expert.
“I think one of the main factors, obviously, was Van Dijk, but then you had to tear the midfielder apart to deal with it. With [Jordan] Henderson and Fabinho were ripped from that midfielder, then you lose something in the midfield and I think those kinds of swarms really run through the team.
“They end up with a lack of cohesion and a lack of confidence, then the goals dried up for the top three. Trent [Alexander-Arnold’s] crosses don’t quite find people when they were every time [before].
“There are a lot of factors that explain why it hasn’t gone as well as the season. But, that said, they’ve been leading the league for most of the year and they’re only going through a little bit now.
Whether Klopp are feeling the pressure or not, Liverpool are still under pressure to end their winless run. They continue a crowded schedule as they face Tottenham away on Thursday night, ahead of other tough games against West Ham, Manchester City, Leicester, RB Leipzig and Everton in the next three weeks alone.
“There have been too many games, without a doubt, so they just need to come back to victory and it would be a big game to come back if they beat Spurs,” Crouch said.
For more than Jamie Spencer, follow it on Twitter and Facebook!