Jurgen Klopp the biggest bottle job in Premier League management

Part of me thinks that if Jurgen Klopp ran over a puppy, the footballing world would respond with crying laughter emoji faces and compliments of how the German is a breath of fresh air.

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The Liverpool gaffer’s contrived act has pulled the wool over a lot of peoples’ eyes, with his calculated actions: from paying tribute to the Reds fans after a tragic draw at Anfield against West Bromwich Albion to making sure he shook all the Bournemouth players hands – in front of the Sky Sports cameras – following the Cherries humiliating his team.

But, finally, we may have seen a public display of the real Jurgen Klopp, one that highlights that the former Borussia Dortmund manager is a bit of a bottle job.

Klopp always talks a big – scripted – game, and the boring yawnfest involving the Neville brothers, Jamie Carragher, Didi Hamann, Loris Karius, Simon Mignolet and basically anyone else north of London with a desire to be painfully petty, was no different.

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Funnily enough, the only person who came out of the whole Karius-gate debacle well, was Chris Sutton – yeah, random, right?!

After needlessly calling out the Neville brothers, Klopp then opted to drop Loris Karius for the Reds game against Middlesbrough, with Simon Mignolet coming in between the sticks – ultimately, Klopp has accepted that the former Manchester United pair were correct in their assessment of the German goalkeeper and further heightened the debate and spotlight around his goalkeepers; a poor management call from the 49-year-old.

More concerning for Liverpool, though, is the fact this is the third December in a row that their first choice ‘keeper has been dropped. Where’s Sander Westerveld when you need him?

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