Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp feeling the heat ahead of Man Utd showdownby Andy Dillon / 13 October 2017, 11:15Tweet
IN MODERN terms the second anniversary is symbolised by a piece of china - beautiful to look at but fragile.
And in Jurgen Klopp’s case at Liverpool there are certainly no cups to show off as a result.
These days, it is something of a celebration simply for a manager to survive two years in the same job irrespective of what else goes with it.
But Liverpool’s German coach is finding himself under scrutiny like never before as he approaches a key weekend for this season and his overall time in charge.
Two years in 21st century football is an awfully long time and while many of Klopp’s peers have set the bar high by winning trophies in that time he has fallen short.
Runners up in the 2016 League Cup and the Europa League a year later is good but not really good enough when other managers have swept all before them in a rush of blood after taking over top jobs.
As that well-known football fanatic Oscar Wilde would have told Talksport: to lose one final can be regarded as misfortune; to lose two can be seen as carelessness.
And under the cold, hard light of comparison, Klopp doesn’t fare much better.
Jose Mourinho, who will be at Anfield tomorrow lunchtime leading out arch-rivals Manchester United, was quick to make his mark when he touched down in English football in June 2004.
Around nine months later Chelsea were lifting the League Cup, a prelude to the Premier League title a few weeks later and a period of utter domination of English football.
In his second stint at Chelsea he took them back to the good old days by winning the Premier League two years after returning in 2013.
At Manchester United he won the 2017 Europa League trophy - a celebrated end to his first season in charge.
Antonio Conte, the current manager of Chelsea, title winner in his first season.
Manuel Pellegrini, formerly of Manchester City - a Premier League winner in his first season; his predecessor Roberto Mancini was an FA Cup winner 18 months after taking over in 2009.
There’s the pattern emerging and it’s uncomfortable reading for Liverpool fans and Klopp’s supporters.
There is a theory that Liverpool are slowly assembling the machinery needed to make sustained push for a league title.
Klopp has after all, taken the club back into the Champions League too.
The two problems are that in this day and age football is a results business more than ever.
Look at the example of Frank de Boer at Crystal Palace for that.
Regardless of which end of the table you are at, punters want wins and trophies.
Tottenham’s Mauricio Pochettino is learning that the hard way this year.
Klopp has spent less on more players than Mourinho at Manchester United but must surely understand there is a dire need to put some silverware on the table - bone china is not enough.
League record since 2016— The Sportsman (@TheSportsman) October 13, 2017
- Games: 45
- Games won: 25
- Goals scored: 91
- Games: 45
- Games won: 24
- Goals scored: 75 pic.twitter.com/oB2eBTfHEu