Liverpool legend suggests 'sour grapes gang' have turned AGAINST Jurgen Klopp

Liverpool legend Ronnie Whelan has suggested that a 'sour grapes gang' of players have stopped listening to Jurgen Klopp following the Reds' 2-2 draw with West Ham at the weekend. 

The Reds' form has nosedived in recent weeks and Klopp's men could only manage a draw away at West Ham that now leaves them five points off league leaders Arsenal.

Liverpool's collapse in recent weeks has been pretty concerning and was summed up perfectly by a touchline spat between Klopp and Mohamed Salah at the London Stadium on Saturday.

After the incident in the capital, former Liverpool midfielder Whelan believes that some members of Klopp's dressing room may have turned against him and are no longer following his instructions.


Speaking after the clash with the Hammers on LFCTV, Whelan made his opinions clear about what may be going wrong for the Reds at present.

"You know when players are not getting in the team, it becomes a little sour grapes gang," said Whelan. "Then when the manager says he’s leaving, that sour grapes gang all changes, new manager’s coming in.

"There’s a different mindset now with some of the players, they will think he is going; no matter what he says now he is gone next season so we will wait for the new manager and we may have a chance of playing more than under Jurgen Klopp.

"They should listen to him until the end of the season, but you can’t take it for granted that they are."

A number of Liverpool's key performers during the first half of the season have had enormous dips in form in recent weeks and months, including the likes of Salah, Darwin Nunez and Dominik Szoboszlai.

There is, of course, no way to know for sure whether some members of the Liverpool squad have started to ignore Klopp's advice, but nor can it be ruled out according to Whelan.

Liverpool have now all but secured Champions League qualification and are completely out of the title race, meaning very little is riding on Klopp's final three games in charge. However, Arne Slot is likely to be looking on with great interest ahead of his imminent appointment.

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