Liverpool's inexplicable crisis under Klopp: I don't think I'll be sacked... but who knows?

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Following a season in which they won the FA Cup and Carabao Cup, reached the Champions League final and competed until the last matchday for the Premier League, Liverpool kicked off this campaign with a huge 3-1 victory over Manchester City in the Community Shield.

Yet, things have not gone as planned for Jurgen Klopp's side who struggled in their first Premier League games of the season before losing 4-1 to Napoli in the Champions League.

The worst start of Klopp's Liverpool

Liverpool have made their worst ever start to a season under Klopp. They currently sit seventh in the league with just nine points from six games.

Meanwhile, the defeat at the Stadio Diego Armando Maradona is the heaviest loss suffered by the Reds in the Champions League.

"Not really, but who knows?" Klopp replied when asked if he expected to be sacked after Chelsea fired Thomas Tuchel.

"The difference is we have different kind of owners.

"Ours are calm and expect me to sort it and not think someone else will. That's how they see it. The day they change their thoughts they might tell me."

Liverpool's numbers under Klopp after six games

  • 2022/23: 7th, 9 points
  • 2021/22: 1st, 14 points
  • 2020/21: 2nd, 13 points
  • 2019/20: 1st, 18 points
  • 2018/19: 1st, 18 points
  • 2017/18: 5th, 11 points
  • 2016/17: 4th, 13 points

Mane's departure and the end of MSF

Sadio Mane's departure to Bayern Munich put an end to one of Liverpool's most iconic attacking trident of all time. Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah stayed put, but the former is no longer considered an undisputed starter.

Meanwhile, in his six seasons at Anfield, Mane netted 120 and recorded 49 assists in 269 appearances for the Reds.

Darwin Nunez's stuttering start to the season

Everyone agreed that Darwin Nunez was the missing piece for Liverpool. His goals against Manchester City in the Community Shield and Fulham in his Premier League debut seemed to attest to that take.

However, Nunez was handed a three-game ban after being sent off against Crystal Palace. He returned to action against Everton, where he failed to find the back of the net.

Van Dijk's is a shadow and injuries at the back

Liverpool's most dramatic drop in form is epitomised by Virgil van Dijk's performances. He has lost his reliability and has made some huge mistakes.

After going 150 games without committing a penalty for Liverpool, he did so twice in the last seven games.

Meanwhile, Joel Matip missed four games through injury, while Ibrahima Konate has yet to feature this season due to a knock.

Thiago's absence

The injury that hurts Klopp the most, even more than those to Konate and Matip, is that of Thiago Alcantara. It took the Spain international a while to adapt to his role at Liverpool, but now he's an undisputed starter.

Yet, he is not the only Liverpool midfielder who is out injured. Jordan Henderson, Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are struggling with knocks too.

Klopp's insistence on signing a midfielder has also failed to pay off. At least, not what the former he had hoped for, as he failed to secure the signings of Aurelien Tchouameni and Jude Bellingham. Instead, Liverpool finally signed Arthur Melo from Juventus on loan.

Salah and Diaz's poor form

Mohamed Salah's poor start to the season is a cause for concern. The Egypt international has scored two goals and has now gone four games without netting. He is also not looking sharp in the box. Curiously, he did not score or assist in the 9-0 win against Bournemouth.

Luis Diaz scored six goals and registered five assists in his first 26 games for Liverpool. However, following Mane's departure, expectations have been raised. Now, Diaz is also under scrutiny and has lost some of the 'surprise effect' he had on his arrival in the Premier League.

Is the 'Klopp model' exhausted?

Physical and mental fatigue is taking its toll on Liverpool after playing 63 games last season. Club legend Jamie Carragher also questioned Liverpool's lack of intensity, which is Klopp's trademark.

"Is this the end of the cycle, have Liverpool massively got the transfer ideas in the summer wrong?" Carragher told CBS Sports.

"Because this team looks so far off it and it has been at full pelt for five or six years under Jurgen Klopp.

"I'm not going to criticise their attitude because what this team have done in Europe and the Premier League, the mentality is fantastic."

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