Klopp to ‘reinvent’ Liverpool amid early-season struggles

by | Sep 8, 2022 | Sports

The final whistle had just sounded on Liverpool’s biggest away loss in Europe in more than a half-century when Jurgen Klopp made his way across the field to salute his team’s away fans.Typically, Klopp’s post-match routine sees him repeatedly punch the air in front of Liverpool’s supporters — and get a guttural roar of approval in response.This time, he was raising his hands in apology.Liverpool’s performance in its 4-1 loss at Napoli in the Champions League on Wednesday was so poor — so unlike Liverpool — that it had Klopp scratching his head and wondering how things had gotten this bad, this quickly for a team that was in the final of Europe’s top competition only 3½ months ago.“At the moment it’s not 100% clear,” Klopp said. “We have to kind of reinvent ourselves.”A midseason reinvention isn’t easy, though. The transfer window has just closed. Klopp says he hasn’t knowingly altered his team’s shape or tactics. And there is still a slew of players either sidelined by injury — notably in central midfield where Jordan Henderson, Naby Keita, Curtis Jones and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are out — or far from match sharp after time out of the team because of injuries, like Thiago Alcantara, Diogo Jota and Joe …

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