Jurgen Klopp to be sacked as Liverpool manager in January

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 swiftlyfm-social-and-main

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.

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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.22

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!

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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!

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