Jurgen Klopp’s strops are a big problem: Liverpool boss must cheer up for Man Utd clash



JOSE MOURINHO has been the Grumpy One in recent seasons and it seems that forlorn persona is rubbing off on Jurgen Klopp.

But while the Manchester United boss has rediscovered his swagger this term, Klopp’s strops are just getting worse and if the German doesn’t perk himself up soon, Liverpool’s season will continue to falter.

Mourinho and Klopp go head-to-head at Anfield this weekend as the Premier League bursts back into life following the international break.

The two fierce rivals do battle with the moods in either camp being poles apart.

Mourinho has got United ticking this season.

The Red Devils remain unbeaten, have been scoring for fun, are solid at the back and their squad of stars are starting to shine as bright as any of Europe’s best.

Mourinho’s men are even starting to suggest that the glory days of Sir Alex Ferguson’s glittering tenure could be returning.

A few miles down the M62 it is a very different story.

Liverpool have won just once since August, are out of the Carabao Cup, have struggled in the Champions League and are already seven points adrift of the Premier League leaders.

There are many well-documented reasons behind their struggles - a substandard defence baring the burnt of the criticism - but Klopp is not helping his side.

When the 50-year-old arrived in England in October 2015, he was an instant hit not only to the Liverpool fans but to the league as a whole.

From his infamous ‘boom’ post-match interview to his boundless energy on and off the field, Klopp was a breath of fresh air.

But this season has seen the ex-Borussia Dortmund chief cut a considerably more sour figure.

Klopp knows the rigours of managing in England by now. He knows the press duties he must undertake and knows how relentless it can be.

He has coped well with it before, taking each press conference in his stride and often delivering wonderful one-liners and motivation.

In contrast, Klopp has been irritated and argumentative this term.

Liverpool are an emotional club. They strive off positive energy.

Klopp’s demeanour in recent weeks will be spreading throughout his ranks and is a disruption they could certainly do without.

The Reds are more than capable of beating United this weekend despite the flying form from Mourinho and co.

But they need their boss on top form.

When Klopp arrived in Liverpool he was asked to describe himself ala Mourinho’s Special One claim and responded by insisting he was simply ‘the normal one’.

Liverpool need him to be the happy one this Saturday or their season could go from bad to worse at the hands of their old foes.