Former Tottenham boss Tim Sherwood has a “hunch” that Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp will leave Anfield at some point this season.
There has been a bit of pressure on the German this campaign after their poor start to the new Premier League season but his departure seems far from imminent.
Liverpool have only won four of their 11 Premier League matches this season with Klopp’s men currently 12 points adrift of league leaders Arsenal.
Klopp even took the extremely early step of ruling Liverpool out of the title race a fortnight ago after they lost 3-2 to the Gunners.
Wins over defending champions Manchester City and West Ham have followed but they slipped up again at the weekend, losing 1-0 to rock-bottom Nottingham Forest.
And Sherwood reckons at some point this season there “will be a conversation where both parties agree that Jurgen has taken them as far as he can”.
Sherwood told The Kelly and Wrighty Show: “The problem Liverpool have got is this team is used to challenging for titles.
“It’s gone for them this season, they’re not going to win the Premier League, so where’s the motivation and drive from the players?
“The club will say they cannot be out of the Champions League but it can be tough for players when they’ve challenged for titles and all of a sudden it’s taken away from them. I think it’s very difficult for them.
“I don’t think Jurgen Klopp is there next season, I think there’s a conversation to be had. I’m not sure Jurgen picks them up from where they are and makes them challengers again, I really don’t.
“History says he doesn’t do that. He’s very good and drives teams all the way. But it’s going to be a fight to get in the top-four now. If they miss out on the top-four it’s a rebuild, a total rebuild.
“I don’t think they’ll sack him but there will be a conversation where both parties agree that Jurgen has taken them as far as he can and they go for a new challenge. That’s just my hunch when I look at him and the team.”
A lot has been made of Klopp failing to make it to his eighth season at former clubs Mainz and Borussia Dortmund but the Liverpool boss – who joined the Reds in 2015 – recently insisted that they were different situations.
“I was a manager at Mainz and, after three years, we got promoted to the Bundesliga then three years later we got relegated.
“We tried one more year and the club needed a change, players left us for the Bundesliga so they needed a fresh start.”
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