As Liverpool goes through a moment of crisis, Jürgen Klopp talked about the moment he thought about leaving the club last summer.
Things can be as easy as deciding to leave for Jürgen Klopp, he owes Liverpool nothing at all. The German manager has done the impossible at a club where hope was completely lost and nobody believed in their ability to return to the old days of glory. As soon as things got tricky for him, it would’ve been easy to simply pack his bags and leave the institution.
But Jürgen Klopp is a stubborn man, he truly feels this whole situation is part of the journey. It would be vain to think that everything is going to be fine at all times, dark times are also part of nature. Klopp joked about the chance of leaving after the latest victory against Ajax in the Champions League.
“If I would have been a really smart person I would have left in the summer,” said Klopp on BT Sport. “It would have been really positive what people would have said but unfortunately I’m not that smart.”
“It’s not a situation you want to be in, it’s clear. You don’t want to lose 7-2 to Aston Villa nor lose probably the best center-back in the world in the next game.”
Jürgen Klopp, the problem solver.
“But that’s what I spoke about, these are the challenges we face constantly and we have to deal with it. It’s not a problem for me that we cannot sort, I just feel for the player [Van Dijk] in this moment. That’s what hurts me most in these moments,” he continued.
“You can lose a football game, but stay all healthy and everything is fine because you can try to win next week – which we will of course. But the injury is obviously a really bad thing.
“After the Arsenal game some pundits said we will run away with it [the Premier League] and stuff like this. A week later we lost against Aston Villa pretty heavily and we were the worst defending team in the world.
“After the international break, in the next game we lose Virgil, so what people will make of it – I don’t know. But we will deal with it, that’s the plan, that’s what we do. Difficult situations can always bring you closer together which is difficult for this team because we are already really close together and we strike back, with football.
“Our weapon was always football and will always be football and that’s what we’ll try to use and see where it leads us to.”