The uber-popular management game returns with its latest edition on Friday – and a five-year simulation has shown that Klopp’s run as Reds boss turns disastrous swiftly
Jurgen Klopp is to be sacked as Liverpool manager in January – according to Football Manager 17.
The uber-popular management game returns on Friday, and ahead of the latest release, a five-year simulation was run with some interesting results.
Klopp has restored a much-needed feel-good factor at Anfield since arriving in October 2015, but after just one year and 101 days in charge, it’s all turned disastrously sour for the German, and the ex-Borussia Dortmund coach has been sent packing.
Fenway Sports Group apparently decided that enough was enough and Klopp was unceremoniously jettisoned with ex-Athletic Bilbao coach Marcelo Bielsa taking charge in his place.
A 1-1 draw with Bournemouth was apparently the final straw for FSG, and Klopp was dismissed on January 17 2017 – just seven months after penning a new six-year contract at Anfield.
Bielsa eventually guides the Reds to a disappointing eighth-place finish with Roberto Firmino finishing as the Reds’ top scorer with 12 goals.
If losing Klopp wasn’t bad enough, the five-year fast-forward shows that somewhere down the line, former Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal was installed as the Reds boss!
Van Gaal has undoubted pedigree having managed at the likes of Bayern Munich and Barcelona, but his association with United would have been a tough decision to make for FSG – but it is apparently one they took.
However, Klopp’s sacking did earn a reprieve for forgotten man Mamadou Sakho, who leads the Reds as club captain under LVG in 2021.
This is all a bit much!