Liverpool are winless in the Premier League after collecting just two points from nine, is the “seven season curse” about to strike Jurgen Klopp again?
There is no doubting the impact Klopp has had at Liverpool since his arrival back in 2015. In his first press conference as Reds boss, the self proclaimed “Normal One” promised at least one title in four years time.
He delivered more than that, he lifted the spirits of fans from the ground up to the sky as he turned doubters into believers.
Image Credit: AlamyBy 2019, Liverpool had won the Champions League and built a team strong enough to challenge on all fronts. In the season following their European triumph, Klopp got his hands on the UEFA Super Cup, the FIFA Club World Cup and most importantly he ended the club’s 30 year wait for a league title as they clinched their maiden Premier League trophy.
Image Credit: AlamyIn the 21/22 season, Klopp’s chargers set out to achieve an unprecedented quadruple as they took part in all the games available to them. However, they failed to win the two big prizes as they fell short in the Premier League and the Champions League to Manchester City and Real Madrid respectively.
They ended up with just the FA Cup and the Carabao Cup in what could have been a historic season.
Now in his seventh season at the helm, Klopp has endured a tough start. He lost talisman Sadio Mane to Bayern Munich in the summer and his new signing Darwin Nunez has failed to settle as quick as he would have hoped.
Image Credit: AlamyThree games into the league season, Klopp finds his team in an unfamiliar 16th place and without a win, the club’s worst start to a season in ten years.
This has brought back the chatters of Klopp’s “seven season curse”.
In his first ever managerial role at German side Mainz, Klopp was a hit as he secured promotion to the Bundesliga for the first time in the club’s history.
However, three years after that historic moment, in what was Klopp’s seventh season, Mainz were relegated.
After Mainz, Klopp went to Borussia Dortmund, where he truly made his name. He took his side to a Champions League final and won back to back Bundesliga titles.
Again, in his seventh season at the Signal Iduna Park things turned sour. Dortmund lost star striker Robert Lewandowski and ended up finishing seventh in the league. A disastrous season that led to Klopp’s departure.
Klopp is now in the seventh season and things have started badly. He acknowledged the need to make changes last month.
Image Credit: AlamyHe said to The Anfield Wrap: “We are now already a while together, it’s my seventh season and that is really strange, but we cannot just keep things like they are.
“So we cannot just say ‘ah it’s great’ with the same team and getting older. You have to make changes, we do. We do, constantly.”
Could this be the start of an end to a wonderful Jurgen Klopp era at Liverpool?