Jurgen Klopp receives warning from the Liverpool board after a poor start to the Premier League season.
Although Klopp has been in charge of Liverpool for seven years, the Reds have dropped 15 points behind league-leading Arsenal after losing four of their first 12 Premier League games.
Paul Merson believes that Jurgen Klopp is still a world-class manager, but he thinks the Liverpool manager is “getting tired” because of the conditions at Anfield right now.
Merson has also cautioned the team’s owners, the Fenway Sports Group, to support German during the January transfer window.
Only four games have been won and four have been lost by Liverpool this Premier League season. Their chances of winning the Premier League title is now all but gone as they are 15 points behind league leaders Arsenal.
During his seven years in charge, Klopp won the FA Cup, the Carabao Cup, the Champions League, and one Premier League trophy.
Paul Merson is confident Klopp can turn things around, the former Arsenal star insists that Liverpool board have to step up and help.
“Will Klopp be thinking he’s taken Liverpool as far as he can? I’m not sure, but one thing I am certain of is that it will ultimately be his decision. Liverpool have to keep him but whenever the time comes to make a decision, it will be his,” Merson told Sky Sports.
“Klopp is an elite manager, he’s not in the job to finish fourth in the league, for that kind of manager that is not success. Klopp will want change. I don’t think he has been backed that much, yes, they spent £85m on Darwin Nunez but that was one player, they need a few more if they are going to get back to where they were.
“What Klopp has done at Liverpool, winning the league after all those years, is hard work. He has worked his socks off, he kicks every ball on the touchline. Just like players, Klopp will be getting tired, and you get more tired when you are not winning games compared to when you are winning.
He added that the constant run of poor results only adds to the fatigue of the players, inferring that it can become a vicious cycle of decline that becomes increasingly difficult to arrest.
“You have got to remember that the majority of this group of players have been ripping it up for the last six years.
“That will eventually take its toll on any player, I don’t care who you are. Liverpool aren’t lazy, they are a hard-working team who work their socks off and, all of sudden, all of that hard work is catching up with the players”