Peter Crouch: Liverpool’s Ajax win should lift pressure off Klopp

Have Liverpool turned a corner? Peter Crouch says the Ajax result felt like a big game for Jurgen Klopp's side


Liverpool don’t look like the same team of last season. There are clearly issues there.

They lost out in the league by a point last season and made it to every final they could play.

But they’re not superhuman.

There are going to be ups and downs.

When you have a season like last year and miss out on those trophies it will deflate you.


And I think some of them have taken their eye off the ball this season. It’s understandable, but they’ll need to address it.

With the standards that both Liverpool and City have set in recent years, if they fall below those just a bit – you’ve seen players switching off in games, like Trent Alexander-Arnold and Joe Gomez in Naples – it will be punished.

Klopp under pressure

And it’s worth saying that Liverpool have been incredible matching Man City over the last few seasons.

We could’ve had an era of complete dominance by City that might’ve been very boring. Instead, we’ve got one of the greatest rivalries going between the two teams.

We’re lucky Liverpool have kept up with City.

The way the game is these days, you lose a couple of games and you’re under pressure all of a sudden.

Look at Thomas Tuchel. He won the Champions League not long ago and then – bang! – he’s out.

But the Ajax result was huge for Liverpool.

Jurgen Klopp’s been a great manager for a long, long time and I don’t think Liverpool as a club or their fans are going to be fickle.

But you could definitely see the weight of pressure building on him recently.

He sets high standards himself and getting that result against a good side was big for him.

It remains to be seen whether they’ll build on it.

All-Star Boehly

It’s just too early for Chelsea’s new owner to be talking about that.

He’s only been in the country six months!

Todd Boehly, Co-Founder, Chairman and CEO, Eldridge, speaks during the Milken Institute Global Conference on October 19, 2021 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Patrick T. FALLON / AFP) (Photo by PATRICK T. FALLON/AFP via Getty Images)

I’m joking, but the understanding of people here and fans just looks miles off with that idea of a Premier League all-star game.

If he thinks United and Liverpool players are going to want to come together to play against Spurs, West Ham and Chelsea players and the fans are going to enjoy that, he’s got the wrong end of things there.

If I was a Chelsea fan I would be slightly concerned seeing that too.

It comes after the change of manager too. I like the appointment of Graham Potter, but I just don’t understand what’s gone on behind the scenes.

He’s got a five-year contract – I hope they give him time because I think he’ll need it to get his ideas across and build his team.

But how many managers in the history of Chelsea have been there five years? Not many.

I’ll be interested to see if they give the new manager the chance to build.

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