We're in the penultimate phase of what has proven to be a scintillating Premier League campaign. With the title race still being a three horse race, many would say the title is Liverpool's to lose. Leading City by seven points at one time, Liverpool's constant stalemate with the Likes of Manchester United and Everton have put City in the driving seat.
With many Manchester United and Everton fans enjoying this bottling of the title race by Liverpool, it is hardly anything but that. With only a point behind the Citizens, nine games to go and Manchester City still to play the likes of Manchester United and Spurs, Liverpool are still within the touching distance of the trophy, which the Anfield faithful have craved for around 30-years now.
What isn't helping the Scousers right now is Jurgen Klopp's recently adopted defence first mechanism. A side which has impressed so much and garnered amazing results when playing attacking football has certainly being asked to look back before running forward.
We don't know what is going on in his head but his bizarre reasons behind Liverpool's failure to grind out results has really made us question his reading of the game.
Jurgen Klopp being triggered by a ball boy is the highlight of the weekend ðpic.twitter.com/OjZ2PnwBl9— Football Daily (@footballdaily) March 4, 2019
After claiming the conditions were 'too windy' for his team to execute game plan perfectly vs Everton, here are some odd excuses Klopp has generated to cover up from Liverpool's recent mediocre performance.· Wolves 2-1 Liverpool: “Too Windy”
It was in the FA Cup tie versus Wolves when Klopp's I-don't-know-what-the-hell-happened side came out. As the West Midlands club got an unlikely victory Jurgen Klopp was all out blaming the wind. “The wind didn't help with that, to be honest, obviously everybody on the pitch struggled a bit with controlling the ball and the first touch was, very often, not that good,” he said.
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After referee Jon Moss gave four minutes of added time instead of ten at the end of first half, Klopp alleged broadcasters were behind the referee's decision.
“What I heard was that the actual extra time in the first half should have been 10 minutes,” Klopp said. “It was only four minutes. I heard that television said it's not longer than four minutes. Of course, that's not possible, you can't cut match time because there is something else to broadcast. I don't know what was afterwards, maybe the news or something. It was 10 minutes and so you need to play 10 minutes longer. You cannot say it's now a little bit too long.”· West Brom 2-2 Liverpool: “Pitch Too Dry”
After throwing away a two-goal lead at West Brom, it was Klopp vs 'dry pitch' this time. The German slammed the pitch and told the Baggies to enjoy their dry turf in the Championship.
“It was a difficult game, especially after the pitch got drier and drier, we had the ball constantly and it's not so easy,” Klopp said. “West Brom obviously decided not to water the pitch at half-time again. It was quite difficult. I was not happy with the pitch. You never played football, obviously. It makes a massive difference. If you're like West Brom, the ball constantly in the air, you don't need a wet pitch. That's how it is and we have to deal with that. They can do it next year, playing with a dry pitch in the Championship.” OUCH!
Wind, snow, dry pitch, opponents getting intentional injuries just to kill the tempo of games, etc.
Not sure any coach has had this much obstacles in a title race in the Premier League before. And he still manages to keep a smiling face. We need to cut Klopp some slack.
In what could've been an ideal scenario for Liverpool to do a season double over United, the Manchester club used up all of its three substitutions because of injuries, Klopp came out with, "United were favourites before the game, then it all changed and all of a sudden we had something to lose, people start to think if we don't beat this team there is something wrong with us. We are all human beings.
“It was a strange game. We started really well. All the injuries in the game obviously cost us rhythm” added Klopp.
“Man United injuries cost us our rhyth.”
Klopp is an unbearbale man.