JURGEN KLOPP has been given the full backing of Liverpool’s owners despite tensions at Anfield.
The German coach revealed he is suffering one of the lowest points of his career after a 1-0 loss at home to Fulham, the club’s sixth successive home loss.
Jurgen Klopp’s side are on an awful run of form following their defeat against FulhamCredit: AFP
The Reds sit eighth in the table – seven points behind fourth-placed Chelsea – and are in real danger of missing out on Champions League qualification.
Yet American backers Fenway Sports Group are confident that this is only a blip and that Klopp will be able to oversee a revival.
Liverpool face Leipzig in the second leg of their last 16 clash in Budapest on Wednesday, after winning the first leg 2-0.
It seems likely that the only way they will be playing in Europe’s premier competition next term is by winning the trophy this season.
FSG believe Liverpool are in a strong enough position to deal with the financial implications of missing out on the Champions League.
But the overall situation in terms of signings has still angered Klopp.
He was left frustrated with FSG for failing to back him as much as he would have liked during the club’s injury nightmare in the January transfer window.
Klopp was raging when it was made clear that there was no way the club could even think about making a bid for Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly, with the Italians demanding £100m.
Klopp felt that would have helped plug the gap after injuries to Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and then Joel Matip.
The owners felt Klopp was not understanding the seriousness of the club’s financial situation and instead sanctioned a £1.6million move for Bolton defender Ben Davies and loan deal for Schalke centre-back Ozan Kabak with a view to a £26.5m transfer.
Klopp, 53, revealed last week that only Manchester City with their Abu Dhabi money tree are capable of winning the title every season.
He said: “If your problems are not getting bigger than solutions, you can have it.
“But it’s the most difficult league to stay on top for a long, long period, in England.
“It could happen. There is one club that maybe has everything for it — the quality of players, the manager, the money and everything — and that is Man City.
“All the rest have to fight with all you have to get close. When you are close enough you can maybe do what we showed last year.”
Liverpool – who have picked up 36 points fewer at this stage of the campaign compared to last term – face RB Leipzig in their crucial Round of 16 second leg tie on Wednesday.
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