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'I Sense Frustration in Klopp' - Former Liverpool Player Jamie Redknapp On Current League Form

As Liverpool continue their run of bad form in the Premier League,  Jamie Redknapp gives his thoughts on Virgil van Dijk's absence, the reason behind the run of bad results, Jurgen Klopp and more.

Life after Jurgen Klopp has become an unpalatable prospect for Liverpool fans to ponder in recent weeks, but this is not the moment for additional uncertainty to be added to an already toxic mix.

As rumours swirled suggesting he had resigned after the defeat at Leicester last month, Klopp was forced to deny his future at the club was uncertain despite a catalogue of calamities that would test the most stoic of characters.

The death of his mother in January and the catastrophic collapse of the Liverpool team he had worked so hard to build have made the opening two months of this year an agonising experience for Klopp.

Yet in the opinion of former Liverpool midfielder Jamie Redknapp, Klopp is not a man to walk away when his fortunes are on the wane, as he refused to believe rumours linking him with a move to take over as Germany head coach next year.

Jamie Redknapp on Liverpool's current form.

"I don't see Klopp going anywhere any time soon," Redknapp told us at a Sky Sports events. "He loves Liverpool, the fans adore him and even if things have gone wrong this season, that's not a reason to walk away.

"He has a contract until 2024, he knows he has a great team when he gets everyone back and fit next season and I just don't see him going anywhere.

"With Jurgen, I sensed his frustration in January because he wanted a new player. He needed that top defender and they just didn't get him, for whatever reason.

"The problem is who could Liverpool buy to replace Virgil van Dijk? It's not that easy. You can't spend £50-60million on a player knowing that in April your best player is coming back from injury. It could cause more problems than it's worth.

Jordan Pickford and Virgil van Dijk in Liverpool vs Everton match

"Maybe in a couple of years he might want to leave to manage someone like Bayern Munich. Maybe. That always seems to be the calling for a lot of German players and managers.

"I see he has been linked with the Germany job, but I don't see that one. Klopp is a great manager, one of the very best in the world and he would not want to be on the sideline and manning a team for seven or eight games a year. I don't see it."

In many respects, we have just passed the first anniversary of Liverpool's slide from their highest perch, with the 3-0 defeat at Watford on February 29th last year ending Klopp's hopes of guiding his side through an unbeaten season of football, while also deflating some of the aura of invincibility the champions-elect had built up in the 28 games that had proceeded it.

Jurgen Klopp after the Liverpool vs Fulham match on Sunday.

The 22-point lead they had over nearest rivals Manchester City after that game ensured the defeat at Vicarage Road was merely a smear on Liverpool's title triumph, yet it was early evidence of what was to come.

The flowing brilliance and relentless winning of the year that preceded the game at Watford was replaced by a flat and somewhat stuttering performance and suddenly the cracks began to emerge.

An FA Cup exit at Chelsea a few days later was followed by a Champions League demise at the hands of Atletico Madrid, with the uncertainty continuing after the Covid lockdown as Liverpool's machine started to spring a few leaks.

The expectation was that they would spring back into life, but Redknapp suggests any team would have been floored by the injury that struck down Van Dijk last October, with the Dutchman representing so much more than just a centre-back in the Liverpool team.

"When you take a leader and a presence out of that team like Van Dijk, it is more than just losing a defender," he continued.

"First of all, you are taking Jordan Henderson out of the midfielder and trying to turn him into a defender and secondly, the whole team is affected as the big man is not there.

Jordan Henderson and Virgil van Dijk Liverpool players.

"You can see it at both ends of the field. There is a bit of a panic from the forwards as they feel like they need to score with every chance because they know they are not as secure at the back any more. With Van Dijk there alongside Joe Gomez or Matip, there was a belief that they were going to keep clean sheets.

"We see the same with Man City now. Ruben Dias has given their defensive team solidity and the rest of the team know they have time to wait for their moment to come, but that confidence is not there for Liverpool right now.

"They also miss Virgil at the other end of the pitch as he is such a threat on set-pieces and he intimidates opponents when they stand next to him in the tunnel.

"If there was one player Liverpool couldn't afford to lose it was Van Dijk because let's not forget that until he arrived at the club, they were scraping into the top four and not much else

"He changed everything because he is that good and now it has changed the other way because he is not there."

Missing out on a top four finish in the Premier League could change so much for Liverpool as they look to rebuild ahead of next season, with the club's American owners under pressure to deliver the funding Klopp needs to get the momentum back behind Liverpool.

Liverpool defenders Virgil van Dijk and Neco Williams

Two major signings and the return of the club's absent heroes may be enough to bring the winning formula back, yet keeping the star of this show content should be their chief priority.

Life without Klopp is desperate to envisage for all Liverpool fans, so those who control Liverpool finances and transfer policy need to keep that in mind when the big decisions are made in the months ahead

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