Klopp warned when Liverpool sacking could become reality with boss vulnerable

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has been warned that he could face the sack next season if results do not improve.

Klopp led the Reds to their first ever Premier League title last season, but they look set to relinquish that crown after a disappointing campaign which has been beset by injuries to key players.

Virgil van Dijk has been out of action since the 2-2 draw with Everton in October, while Liverpool have also been devoid of Joe Gomez and Joel Matip for large swathes of the season.

They trail leaders Manchester City by a mammoth 19 points and are facing a battle just to qualify for the Champions League, let alone retain their title.

Former Anfield star Glen Johnson thinks Klopp is safe at the moment, but believes a similar year of turmoil next time around could spell the end for the German on Merseyside.

"I think Klopp’s job will be safe, but next year will be different. This season you can’t talk about sacking him because he’s been unbelievable, but unfortunately at this level of football, things change quickly," Johnson told CheltenhamGuides.com.

He continued: "I think his job will be absolutely fine for now but next season will be a different conversation.

"I think Liverpool will finish in the top four because they’re too good not to be in it, but I can’t see which other teams will miss out.

"Chelsea will probably get in there, the two Manchester teams will be there and Leicester are flying at the moment. I think Liverpool will get it done, but it will be very tight."

Liverpool remain in the hunt for the Champions League after their first-leg victory against RB Leipzig, but Johnson doesn't see the competition as a viable route into Europe next season for the Reds.

He said: "Winning the Champions League isn’t Liverpool’s best chance of European football right now because there’s two or three teams that look unstoppable and Liverpool aren’t the team that they were at this moment in time.

"Their best chance is finishing in the top four."

Johnson also touched on the lack of a crowd at Anfield and how that could be having an affect on the players: "I think Liverpool are struggling without the fans there.

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  • "They play with such high pressure and intensity and it’s hard to maintain that level physically on your own so when they’re playing well the crowd give them an extra 10 per cent.

    "I played at Anfield for many years as a home player and I’ve been there as an away player and it’s not a nice place to go, Liverpool always have a good team and the crowd can be ferocious, you know you’re going to be in for a tough day.

    "For an away player to play at Anfield now, the atmosphere is lost, completely gone, and with Liverpool struggling, there’s nothing for away teams to fear.

    The ex-England full-back also spoke about Liverpool's lack of squad depth and how that could be even more of an issue in the weeks to come.

    "The team is light already at the moment so the more games that they have will be a negative for them", he added.

    "They’ve been unlucky with injuries and to compete in both competitions you need a big fit squad and Liverpool don’t have that at the moment.

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