Jurgen Klopp has gone from near-universal adulation to feeling the wrath of the English football public in just a few days.
The Liverpool boss has committed the cardinal sin of disrespecting the FA Cup after his side drew 2-2 with Shrewsbury, forcing a replay.
Klopp admitted his entire first team will go ahead with their warm-weather break, adding further insult by deciding he won't be in the dugout either.
Instead, U23 boss Neil Critchley will take charge, just as he did in the Carabao Cup defeat to Aston Villa.
On that occasion, it couldn't be helped. Scheduling meant that Klopp and co. were in Qatar for the Club World Cup and had no choice but to effectively boycott the domestic competition.
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In fairness, Liverpool feel there has been a mix-up yet again, with the Premier League scheduling a 'winter break' - which was meant to be respected - and the FA deciding on that date for the replay.
The league-leaders have played 10 games in the last month too, meaning the players are in urgent need of some time off.
Sadio Mane has already been ruled out for two games through injury.
All in all, it's a shame that the magic of the FA Cup is being dimmed year on year, but you can see where Klopp is coming from with his side still pushing for the title and competing to retain the Champions League.
One man who is not letting the German get away with it, however, is former Crystal Palace owner Simon Jordan.
Speaking on talkSPORT, Jordan lambasted Klopp's attitude and as part of his tirade, suggested that he isn't even loyal to Liverpool.
“Believe me, as sure as day follows night, as soon as a better opportunity than Liverpool comes along for him, he’ll be off – that’s what football managers do,” he said.
That doesn’t alter the fact he is a world-class, absolute top drawer, elite amongst the elite football manager and has done an absolutely mercurial job at Liverpool by taking them on from where Brendan Rodgers took them…
“But this is not right!"
That'll be why he signed a new contract in December, Simon...
“You knew Liverpool had to play in the FA Cup and you can leave the players out, that’s fine – but you’ve got to be there, mate!," Jordan added.
“He’s in no way wrong saying to the players, ‘a break is a break and I want you to have it’, but that doesn’t excuse him from being in the dugout.
“You step out of that and you start to bring anarchy. Liverpool Football Club in all its formations are under his direction as the public face and you have to use your influence properly.
“He could have an influence on the blueprint of this country because he is in an influential position.
“Managers coming out of a dugout? What next?
“The rumbles start, then it’s the insidious seed planting of, ‘we don’t want to do this, we don’t want to do that’, and the next thing you know, there will be no FA Cup!”
Fingers crossed the entire competition doesn't collapse without Klopp and we will indeed have an FA Cup next year.
Let's hope for the sake of Liverpool, at least, that he hasn't jumped ship by then either.News Now - Sport News