Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp feared getting sacked by the Premier League club in the early days of his occupancy if not giving the opportunity to reshape.
Klopp said on Wednesday that the early years were spent on building the team into title contenders and he knew that for that to happen he had to convince the club owners – Fenway Sports Group – that he needed time to change the playing style of the team.
“It was clear we cannot fix it overnight. Everyone wanted that but we couldn’t so I had to ask for time, I knew,” Klopp said on Sky Sports’ Football show.
“Before that in my career I never got the sack so I had no experience with that, but I knew then it was a different level, and if I can’t deliver here quick enough, then I will get the sack.”
“We got that time and the nice thing is that after six, seven, eight games, they were really positive about the situation, they realised we were on the right path. From that moment they didn’t question it one second.”
Klopp took over from Brendan Rodgers in 2015 and lead the team to three finals in three years – Europa League and League Cup in 2016 and Champions League in 2018 – but lost all sides each time, but the owners continued to have faith in the German and Liverpool won their sixth European crown in 2019.
“They were full of faith and trust, and they said the path we will stay on, and everything will be fine. That’s what we dd then,” Klopp added.
“When we lost finals against Sevilla or (Manchester) City or Real Madrid, I think pundits say ‘if he doesn’t win the next one then they might change’. But internally it was never somebody thinking like this.”
The last season finished with Liverpool as the runners-up by a single point, they needed six points more to win their first league title in the history of the Premier League when the season was suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic.