Jermaine Jenas thinks Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has been the “polar opposite” this season to his usual likable self after being “rude” and “moody” to reporters.
The Reds boss has appeared spiky on a number of occasions this season with BT Sport reporter Des Kelly getting into a particularly long heated debate earlier in the season.
Niv Dovrat of Israeli TV station Sport 1 was also on the end of an “unusual” telling off from Klopp this month with the German reacting angrily to his line of questioning.
Liverpool have been struggling in the Premier League this season with the Reds currently sat in sixth after three straight defeats.
“From Klopp’s point of view, what he has to understand is that they (Liverpool) were a machine for so many years, and the wheels have completely come off,” Jenas said on BBC Radio Five Live.
“They’ve not just had a little bit of a dip, and they have, you know, I suppose it looks like they’re going to be a couple of points or five points behind the champions. The games that they have lost have been a complete capitulation and you just kind of go ‘where is this coming from?’
“The mistakes, and the lack of form and also on top of that I think when he reflects back on this season, he’ll realise that his own mood, and the way he has been addressing the people that interview him, he’s at times almost been rude and so abrupt and he has been a bit moody.
“He’s always been that guy in this league where you’ve looked at him and gone ‘God, I love that guy, absolutely love him. I’d love to play for him, he’s always energetic. Win, lose or draw he’s always by his players.’ This year he’s been the polar opposite to that to me.”
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