Didi Hamann: Jurgen Klopp faces uphill battle to change ‘complacent’ Liverpool

Everyone within Liverpool FC needs a reality check says former Reds legend Didi Hamann

Jurgen Klopp is one of the best managers in Europe and he needs support. He’s already changed a few things in a short space of time, but if you think that things will come good just by signing a new manager – you’re wrong.

The biggest problem is what people within the club – including the players – perceive Liverpool to be and where they actually are. There’s a huge gap between that perception and reality. Klopp has to fight to change the mentality – not only in the team, but in the whole club. Everyone needs to work 100 per cent harder to get Liverpool back to where they were.

Part of the problem at is the club creates so much interest all over the world people still seem to think that they’re still one of the driving forces in Europe – which they’re not!

The reason the club still attracts interest is because the guys in the 1970s and 80s were unbeatable. That’s got nothing to do with the current crop of players and that’s not what has happened in the last eight to 10 years. If you look at the facts of that period it’s been pretty dire.

The club needs a reality check on whether everything that’s being done is as it should be.

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I’m not saying the owners didn’t back Jurgen Klopp because he was given some money to spend, but the mind-set within the entire club needs to change. That filters down to the team. They’ve put in some fantastic performances away to Arsenal and Chelsea, but then they get beat by Hull, Burnley and Wolves.

Sometimes the club and the team believe their own hype.

You’ve got to be consistent. It doesn’t matter whether you go 10 or 20 games without losing. If Liverpool don’t finish in the top four and have no trophy to show at the end of the season – it’s a disappointment. End of.

Before Christmas a lot of people had them down as one of the Premier League favourites. It’s hard to explain the bad run that’s followed. You can lose games of course – most teams have dips in a season – but, to have such a period of disappointing results is unacceptable.

Complacency is the biggest issue the club faces at the moment. People believe ‘We are Liverpool, we are going to be alright’. No, they’re not alright because a lot of people within the club think that if you give the manager a four-year extension it gives off the perception that things are great, when they’re not.

It’s always hard to put your finger on where the complacency comes from, however it’s running through the whole club. There are people there that still believe Liverpool are a driving force on the field in Europe because of the interest they create all over the world. But they’re not.

If you go to Asia or America it’s all the Spanish giants, Man United and Liverpool. But, that doesn’t reflect what’s happening on the pitch right now, or what’s happened in the last five or six years.

Klopp needs to look at his personnel, because this set of players has failed on numerous occasions in the last few seasons. They were times when this squad had a chance to win a trophy and they lost important games to Aston Villa (when Brendan Rodgers was in charge), Sevilla and Southampton.

The manager needs to look hard at the team, but there needs to be a thought process throughout the whole club if they want to maximise what’s possible with the players that they’ve got.

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