• David Tyrer

Klopp admits to early Liverpool sack fears

With a win record in the last couple of seasons somewhere around 75%, and a Champions League, World Club Cup and UEFA Super Cup, it's hard to believe he fears the sack.

But Jurgen Klopp has revealed how he knew that taking over at Liverpool was the biggest job in his career and, if he didn't perform, he would be likely to lose his job for the first time in his managerial career.

The first couple of full seasons were up and down. Plenty of great memories and moments, with a lot of progress but little to show for it. But now we're on the cusp of ending the best 18 months the club has had since the 80's.

Still, Klopp told Sky Sports: "It was clear we needed time and we couldn't fix it overnight. "I had to ask for time, that was how it was. I knew before that in my career, I had never got the sack, but I knew, now I was on a different level and if I cannot deliver here, quick enough, I would get the sack.

"So that was why I said [at the start] if I sit here in four years, still, then something [good] will have happened. "It was not that I asked for four years, it was just a bit of time. "We got that and the nice thing was after seven or eight games, our owners were really positive about the situation with me and my coaches already, but after that many games, they knew we were on the right path. "From that moment on, they didn't question it one second anymore. After that they were full of faith for us and said that is the path we stay on and it will be fine. "Who knows if you can win something in this difficulty, but that is what we tried."

It's fair to say that Klopp's earlier prediction that if he didn't win at least one title in his first four years he'd go and manage in Switzerland didn't materialise and the European Champions now await being crowned as Champions of England as well!


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