Liverpool legend Sir Kenny Dalglish has insisted Jurgen Klopp is more than capable of dealing with the expectations of supporters, denying claims that the German has problems with nerves.
The Reds, however, have a game in hand and can restore their three-point cushion at the summit with a win over Bournemouth on Saturday.
Klopp: “I got a message this week which was a sign that people think I need help but I don’t need help. City have dropped 12pts in last 10 games, we’ve dropped seven in last 10 games.”
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Legendary former player, manager and now club director, Dalglish has backed Klopp to maintain composure and lead the club to their first league title in 29 years.
“He must be up for an Academy Award as well, then, because I’ve not seen it. When are the Oscars?” he said, in response to suggestions the coach is showing signs of nervousness, as quoted by FourFourTwo.
“For us, Jurgen is the best person that could possibly be there. There’s no problem with nerves. I think it’s normal to feel nervous. It’s anticipation. We shouldn’t be embarrassed to be sitting up there. Fear the worst? What’s the worst? The worst is relegation, I would imagine.”
“I don’t care what stage of the season it is, if you are concentrating on playing a game, you are going to be a bit nervous. Nerves are part and parcel of football. They aren’t something you should worry about.”
“It’s been 29 years since we won a league title. That’s a generation and a half nearly – a long wait. If the supporters are a wee bit nervous, then you can understand it, but that doesn’t stop them cheering the boys on.”
“People might be nervous but I was nervous at the start of the season, so I don’t know what nerves has got to do with it,” he concluded.