Jurgen Klopp has admitted he is ‘100% responsible’ for Liverpool’s wretched run of form that has seen their Premier League title aspirations go up in smoke. Liverpool are now without a win in the Premier League in 2017, following their 2-0 defeat to Hull City on Saturday. Liverpool are now four places and 13 points off league leaders Chelsea with almost two-thirds of the season played.
A massive turnaround considering on New Years Eve after the victory they were in pole-position to challenge for the title, sitting in second place. Liverpool’s only victory in 2017 came in their FA Cup third round replay victory at Plymouth Argyle and, in quotes published by the Independent, Klopp stated that he was the only person to blame for his side’s alarming downturn in fortunes after an impressive first half of the campaign.
He said: “I feel 100 per cent responsible for defeats, much more than I feel for wins. It has been like this my whole life. That doesn’t mean it’s for me not suffering or to be sorry for yourself, to have self-pity, I’m not like this.
“When I get up tomorrow I will only be solution-orientated. There are solutions, 100%. Now we have to change it, that’s a football thing. Even though at this moment it feels really bad it’s not the biggest problem in the world.
“Many teams have already made mistakes and changed things, for this you have to do the right things and I’m quite confident we can do the right things.”
Manchester City moved in forth after their 2-1 victory over Swansea and are now forth in the Premier League. League defeats to Swansea City and Hull City, plus cup exits at home to Wolves and Southampton, have all but ended Liverpool’s chances of silverware for another season, and they now face a fight to cling onto hopes of qualifying for next season’s Champions League.
Frustrating transfer window
Many pundits and supporters have put Liverpool’s awful run of results down to a lack of new faces in the January transfer window. He added: “I cannot change my answer after today, I cannot say: ‘Yes, it would have been fantastic if the club could have given me [new players].”
Jurgen Klopp urged Liverpool to retain their belief in the midst of an unconvincing start to 2017 and said his transfer plans haven’t materialised because clubs refusing to sell prized assets in January. “We had opportunities for doing something but we didn’t find the right players. It’s not because we were blind, it’s because the players were not available.”
“We tried different things, it was not a money issue, there were different reasons. We have to show a reaction, but I will not change my answers about things like this after a game which I am really not happy about.”
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