Jürgen Klopp has spoken of his belief that Liverpool are now primed to take Chelsea’s place as the premier joke club in England.
The German, who replaced Brendan Rodgers earlier this season, saw his side fall to a humiliating 3-0 defeat away to newly promoted Watford at the weekend, having needed a goal deep in injury time the week before to rescue a point at home to lowly West Bromwich Albion.
Speaking after the Vicarage Road capitulation, Klopp told reporters: ‘With Mourinho leaving Chelsea, I think it’s clear that there’s now room for a new joke club in this league. Given our performances against the lesser sides in this competition, it’s clear that we can take advantage of this, and unite the nation in laughing about each and every one of our performances’.
Of the game itself, the 48-year-old said: ‘It is a completely unacceptable result, of course. No wonder Brendan lost his job, there is just so much detritus here. Bogan, he is supposed to be a professional goalkeeper? My God, the man couldn’t catch a dose.
‘I think I’ve made a huge mistake’, Klopp concluded, before walking forlornly back to the silent visitors dressing room.
For Watford, the result takes them to within a point of the top four with manager Quique Sánchez Flores opining: ‘These are the salad days. Not since the eighties have things looked so good for our little club. But, yeah, it helps when you’re playing utter dross like Liverpool. Is it me or are they utter shite?’
Liverpool now find themselves languishing in ninth place, and whilst they remain just five points off the Champions League places, they are also only clear of the three relegation spots by the same margin.