Jurgen Klopp has reacted to criticism of Liverpool’s recent form, saying he didn’t become a bad manager overnight.
Liverpool, who travel to Brighton in the FA Cup fourth round on Sunday, are ninth in the Premier League and 10 points off the top four.
Last season, they were two games away from a quadruple.
“I didn’t become a bad manager overnight. I was probably never as good as people say and not as bad as some might think,” he said.
Klopp signed a contract extension in April until 2026, after arrival in Liverpool in October 2015.
He has won every major trophy available to Liverpool, including the Champions League in 2019 and the Premier League in 2021.
“Last year was super intense, much longer than we could have expected, because who expects to qualify for four finals? Klopp said on Sunday ahead of the FA Cup tie between Liverpool and Brighton.
” that [this season] It would be difficult, that was clear, but with fewer injuries we could easily have four or five more points. We are still not having a brilliant season, but we would be fighting for the Champions League and it is a normal season.
“Imagine [last season] we all win [trophies] and I say, ‘see you later’. Imagine you see a different face here and it tells you all these things. No one would listen.
“It’s tough, I’m sorry, but we’re going to go with everything we have to get out of it and then do it in a way that people can’t wait to get back to the stadium.
“How you behave and how you handle the situation in those times also decides the future.”