Jürgen Klopp has remained unimpressed by many things this winter.
His advance for five substitutes was slowed by the Premier League, his anger at 12:30 p.m. after a Champions League game on Wednesday night faced BT Sport and after Southampton beat Liverpool on Monday night he knocked out the referee and asked how many Penalties are awarded to Manchester United compared to their own team.
Usually associated with a roaring laugh and a toothy grin, Klopp often seems to catch a dose of the January blues. It’s always a tricky month when the Christmas work catches up with the players. And the lack of daylight hits most of us at this time of year – maybe Klopp too?
Whatever the reason for his lingering January moaning, here are some of the most notable …
Jurgen Klopp’s dismay in Liverpool when he received no penalty against Southampton on Monday was a reminder that January was sometimes a tough month for the Anfield club
The Liverpool boss couldn’t hide his frustration on the line of contact during the shock defeat
Every Sunday League footballer knows how much wind can break a football game, and while it is a far more famous level, the Premier League is ultimately no different.
Liverpool were knocked out of the League Cup by Southampton in the 2017 semi-finals. The Saints won the second leg at Anfield 1-0.
While Liverpool failed to break a determined Southampton defense – much like they did in the last game at St Mary’s – Klopp felt the weather was causing just as much trouble for his team.
“The first half was difficult – the wind was really weird, it was difficult to handle,” he told reporters. “You saw a ball or two when the ball stopped at a moment when no one knew about it. It was difficult for a soccer team.
“I said a couple of times when I came here because of the wind and everyone was laughing, but today it was really difficult, really difficult to play football with that wind.”
Daniel Sturridge (center), Divock Origi and Co suffered a surprising defeat in January 2017
Klopp said the wind hindered Liverpool in their 2017 EFL Cup loss to Southampton at Anfield
BROADCASTERS ‘STOPPED ADDED TIME’
VAR was tested in the 2018 FA Cup duel against West Brom in Liverpool, which Klopp’s team lost 2-1 in 2018.
Klopp’s point of contention this time around was due to stoppage time added at the end of the first half – he believed it should last far longer than the four minutes that were given.
“I heard that the actual extra time in the first half should be 10 minutes,” said Klopp. ‘It was only four minutes. I heard the TV said it was no more than four minutes.
“Of course that is not possible, you cannot shorten the playing time because there is still something to broadcast. I don’t know what happened after that, maybe the news or something. It’s been 10 minutes and you need to play 10 minutes longer. You can’t say, “It’s a little too long now.”
BT Sport said they have no control over how much stoppage time is given during games.
Klopp was unhappy with the stations when Liverpool lost to West Brom in 2018
In January 2019 Liverpool drew 1-1 with Leicester at Anfield and Klopp was again disappointed with the weather conditions. This time the snow was to blame.
“You saw that the ball didn’t really roll,” said Klopp. “Then when you have the ball 70 to 80 percent of the time, life is really uncomfortable.
‘The only problem is if it stays on the field and it actually did.
Liverpool took the lead through an early goal from Sadio Mane but Harry Maguire equalized for the Foxes.
Sadio Mane gave Liverpool the lead against Leicester at Anfield on a snowy night in 2019
But when the game ended 1-1, Klopp said the snow held Liverpool back in the game
Referee bothers MOMENTUM
Liverpool drew 1-1 at West Ham in February 2019 and Klopp felt that the referee’s decisions were disrupting the flow of his team’s play.
Sadio Mane had put Liverpool in the lead in the first half with a goal in which James Milner made a contribution from an offside position in the build-up game.
Klopp felt that referee Kevin Friend was being overcompensated with decisions made in the second half to make up for the mistake.
“He knew at halftime (Liverpool’s goal was offside),” said Klopp. “Then you saw a lot of strange situations. They weren’t crucial, just rhythm breakers. Obviously, that didn’t help us.
“If I made a mistake in the first half, as a person I don’t want to open the gap any more.”
Klopp was unimpressed by referee Kevin Friend when Liverpool drew at West Ham in 2019
A groan at the Christmas Games, but also from Raymond Verhijen – a Dutch fitness trainer who repeatedly blamed Klopp’s coaching methods for a number of Liverpool injuries in the early days of his tenure at Anfield.
For Klopp, the injuries were partly due to the bumper plan. His team’s duel with Manchester City in the 2016/17 season was planned for New Year’s Eve before heading to Sunderland on January 2nd.
In January 2017 he said: “I don’t know why we’re playing. Is January 2nd a special day in England?
48 hours between two games – how does it work? And then you’ll sit there and say, “You didn’t play that well, how did that happen?” or “Injuries. Oh?” and then this Dutchman says “the training is not too good”.
Liverpool beat Manchester City 1-0 on New Year’s Eve at Anfield in 2016
Klopp was happy with the result but not happy with Liverpool’s schedule this year
“How do you prepare a team for this? Are you saying 50 percent against City because we have Sunderland on Monday? It doesn’t sound like it’s right. ‘
Klopp also blamed England’s struggle for success at World Cups and European Championships for the Premier League.
“Everyone is wondering why England are not too successful at big tournaments,” added Klopp. “Ask what other big countries are doing right now – they have their legs on the sofa watching English football.”