Hipster Jurgen Klopp struggling to adapt to the cut-throat nature of English football

Andy Dillon by Andy Dillon / 05 January 2016, 12:44

Jurgen KloppThe Sun's Andy Dillon (@andydillon70) takes a look at the struggles of Liverpool's hipster boss Jurgen Klopp, who has found life at Anfield anything but plain sailing.

JURGEN KLOPP has taken less than three months to prove what most of us suspected all along.

Hipsters just don't cut it in the cut-throat world of English football and already the German's trendy, beardy uber-cool front is slipping more often than his players.

When Klopp breezed into Liverpool on October 8 last year there was a rush to hail the chin-strokers revolution as complete by the trendies trying to reinvent the working class game.

In that time Klopp has had mixed results and a very mixed reaction from his peers in the managerial game.

Clashing with Big Sam Allardyce of Sunderland after a dirty tackle on one of his players and refusing to shake the hand of West Brom boss Tony Pulis after scrapping out a draw against The Baggies at Anfield - not quite what we were expecting.

Pulis and Allardyce symbolise what English was when drunk men in flat caps stood on rubbish-strewn banks of mud to watch their local team and it was hard as nails.

Klopp embodies the so-called thinking man's football, the modern game played in shiny identi-kit stadia on pristine 3G pitches packaged neatly for TV.

We all know who is winning so far don't we?

Away at Stoke City tonight in the semi final of the Capital One Cup is the sort of place that makes grown men shiver at the prospect.

There won't be many punters wearing skinny jeans in the crowd at the Britannia Stadium.

It has been a rude awakening for Klopp coming to England and being labelled a 'soft German' by Big Sam, who revels in roughing up the elite of our game.

Liverpool's form has been as up and down as the manager's mood and it's quite surprising. The Bundesliga is much less polished than our Prem with cheaper tickets and better atmospheres at a lot of the games.

But what is different is the tribalism and the pressure heaped upon a manager in England from day one is unlike anything else in the world.

Klopp rarely managed to get one over on German overlords Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga but then nobody is really expected to over there.

Liverpool is a totally different kettle of fish.

Last weekend Klopp was forced to apologise for the performance of his woefully inadequate players having been soundly beaten 2-0 by West Ham.

And that's the difference. Pressure and expectation makes people do funny things.

The new boss at Anfield has already been labelled 'Good Klopp' and 'Bad Klopp' because of his mood swings in the wake of each wildly unpredictable result.

The piano keys smile is being seen less and less often as Klopp realises the size of the task facing him trying to drag a giant like Liverpool into the top four of the Premier League and stay there.

Klopp once wrote a thesis on walking to earn a diploma in sports science. At the moment Liverpool don't even know their a***s from their elbows let alone putting one foot in front of the other.

And one suspects that counter-culture, progressive politics, facial hair, eating expensive cereal in urban cafes and an alternative outlook on life will be pretty bloody useless in making Liverpool a great football team - hopefully.


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