Jurgen Klopp ‘admits’ Liverpool do not have players of the standard of Barcelona or Bayern Munich, making it a “hard job”. Well, duh.
The German coach has taken charge of two games so far having replaced Brendan Rodgers amid a wave of optimism at Anfield, with both matches – against Tottenham and Rubin Kazan – ending in draws.
And the straight-talking German admits the two stalemates have underlined exactly how hard it will be to turn the club into major contenders for the top honours.
“You all know that football is not the game where you can have the genius plan without Barcelona or Bayern Munich players,” he said.
“Against Kazan they made a goal, so okay, maybe one fault? Maybe a little bit more in two positions? But there are bigger mistakes in football.
“But they got the goal and it was not an enjoyable game anymore. It was like ‘F***! Even when Klopp is on the side we don’t win 8-0!’ But that is the situation.
“It is a hard job, but I knew it would be. If I wanted it the easy way, then I would have stayed a little longer on holiday.
“I knew about the problems of course, and I know it is not easy to do the right things at Liverpool in this moment, because the expectations are so big.”
With the fans accepting there will be no quick fix, and certainly no miracle from the highly-regarded coach, he believes he can now get down to some serious work, and start the slow process of rebuilding, just as he did at Dortmund.
“What I felt until now is that we all cool down a bit and then we can all start. Everybody understands that it is hard work and it is a long way,” he explained.
“At Dortmund in my first season, we had 15 draws. We only lost four but 15 draws and we finished sixth. So it is not easy. But we took the next step, for sure. Okay, if you want the fast result then it didn’t work and it didn’t happen.
“But if you want development, then you can find some things that were better than last Saturday.”