Jurgen Klopp breaks silence on quitting Liverpool job as pressure continues to mount


Jurgen Klopp has come under fire recently for Liverpool's dreadful positions this season

Jurgen Klopp

Liverpool go into the Merseyside derby tonight with serious questions from her disgruntled fanbase. A rejuvenated Everton await a Klopp side who's failed to win a Premier League game in 2023, raising questions - who is to blame - including Klopp's departure concerns.

Many have pointed out that Klopp has effectively left his role after seven years at Mainz and Borussia Dortmund. However the Anfield boss, who has joined the ranks of truly great managers, insists that if people still believe in him, he will solve the crisis of confidence his team is going through - and create "an era of greatness" again.

Klopp, who is in his seventh year at Liverpool, was outspoken: “I understand when people say ‘oh seven years there (Mainz), seven years there (Dortmund), but that has nothing to do with it.

“This situation is totally different for different reasons. At Mainz it was a career step as well, at Dortmund I was really exhausted in that moment. But I am neither nor, in this moment. Neither (career) nor exhausted. I am completely here, and I have too much responsibility (to leave) - and I want it. And I want to sort it again.

"Yes, it is a difficult time, I don’t enjoy it. But if people believe in me, then we have to go through this together because then when we come out we will have great times again.

“If we could show in this difficult time at this club - especially here because it is so special, because we believe in everything - then we will get through this.”

He added: “I am completely here, I am completely in this, 100 percent committed. Maybe the difficult times are a bit too long already, maybe for me as well, but I knew it would be a difficult season (after last year’s quadruple chase).

“If we win I feel like I was part of it but if we lose I feel 100 percent responsible. I was always like this in my life, so you can imagine how big the responsibility is at the moment, and how I feel now.

“And we will do absolutely everything to get through this and prepare the very positive future again. I am really emotional after we lost the game, but apart from that I am completely clear and can do the job I always did. And I am experienced enough to know we can get through this.”

Klopp has also struggled with several articles critical of his staff in recent weeks, including a bizarre attack on his fitness boss Andreas Kornmeier.

“I just don't like it if you go for the wrong people - go for me, that's fine but don't go for other people," said the German.

"I get an awful lot of money to face these situations and my life is fine.

“Don't criticise them (who can’t respond) - have the balls and go for me, then the confrontation can happen. If they were not helpful or inspirational (my staff) they would not be here.

"I'm 100 percent clear on that. Nobody is here because they are my friend or whatever, it was never the case and never will be the case. They are here because they are best in class in what they are doing.”

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