Liverpool chiefs were ‘uneasy’ with Jurgen Klopp fan comments – but he was right

Jurgen Klopp has propelled Liverpool back to the top of European football, but it wasn’t always so easy for the German in his early days at Anfield.

The Reds are on course to cruise to their first ever Premier League title this season, with a 16-point lead just over the halfway stage all but confirming they will be crowned champions.

They even have a game-in-hand still to play against West Ham on January 29, which could leave them an incredible 19 points clear at the division’s summit.

Just one defeat has come in their last 51 league outings, which was away at champions Manchester City, and Anfield has not been breached in over 1,000 days.

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Klopp’s relationship with the Liverpool faithful is as strong as ever, yet there were fears among the club’s hierarchy when he took them on publicly after his first defeat at home to Crystal Palace back in November 2015.

Philippe Coutinho had cancelled out a Yannick Bolasie opener on the night, only for Scott Dann to head home the winner eight minutes from time.

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Reds fans quickly began to pour out of the exits when Dann sealed their fate – and Klopp couldn’t believe it.

“After the goal on 82 minutes, with 12 minutes to go, I saw many people leaving the stadium,” he said.

“I felt pretty alone at this moment. We decide when it is over. Between 82 and 94 [minutes] you can make eight goals if you like.”

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Liverpool chiefs were left uneasy with Klopp’s criticism of the supporters, wary that any of his predecessors would have been met with widespread fury if they made similar comments.

Nevertheless, the former Borussia Dortmund gaffer wanted to turn Anfield back into a fortress and that is exactly what he has done.

The Reds have not slumped to defeat in front of the Kop since another 2-1 slip-up against Palace in April 2017.

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In fact, they haven’t even dropped points at home since a 1-1 draw with Leicester on 30 January 2019.

Despite their huge lead at the top of the Premier League this term, though, Klopp is refusing to get carried away.

“What I can tell you is we are here to work, it's as easy as that,” he told Sky Sports after Sunday’s 2-0 win over Manchester United.

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“Of course, it's a very positive atmosphere, but I have to keep myself concentrated.

“We play on Thursday against Wolves, and to be honest I am only interested in that game and nothing else! Of course [the fans] are allowed to dream, free to sing whatever they want, as long as they do their job when we play.

“We will not be part of that party yet, but it's no problem.”

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