Liverpool have enjoyed moderate success under the guidance of Jurgen Klopp.
The Reds have won one league title, one FA Cup, one Champions League and one League Cup in seven years.
However, the wheels are falling off this season. Liverpool are currently languishing in midtable, sitting eight points off the top-four and 15 points off top spot.
Such poor form has led to speculation over Klopp’s future, but Jon Smith believes the World Cup break could save the German’s career.
“I’m a big fan of Jurgen Klopp,” Smith told Caught Offside.
“I think he’s done a remarkable job at Liverpool. I love his football – that high press, the high energy. I think it’s great from a fan’s perspective, but it is interesting how similar he is to Jose Mourinho though. They both build these superb teams and then it sort of dissipates after a few seasons and I’m not quite sure why. Maybe they have a system that works but when the other clubs work it out, they struggle to adapt.
“Nevertheless, I find it incredible that we’re even talking about Klopp’s position because of how successful he’s been. If I was a Liverpool fan, I’d be delighted but they’re not happy. They’re protesting, admittedly not against Klopp, they’re angry with the owners, but I wonder how long it’ll be until the “FSG out” calls turn into ‘Klopp out’ calls.
“I think when it comes to the prospect of him losing his job, I think the one thing that’ll save him, even if they lose to Spurs next weekend, will be the break for the World Cup. Those few weeks will buy him a little bit of time to try and turn it around, but in the meantime, I urge fans to stick by him and be supportive because he really is a good guy and I can’t think of anyone who could come in and do a better job.”