Jurgen Klopp’s future at Liverpool is far from secure following a tumultuous few days that has left his relationship with club owners Fenway Sports Group in need of urgent repair, Football Insider has been told.
The European Super League catastrophe has showed how out of touch FSG are with the club’s supporters and the game as a whole.
It has also shone an unwelcome spotlight on the treatment of Klopp from his bosses, who now face a huge task to get their most high-profile employee back on board.
A Liverpool source has told Football Insider that the German, 53, was left furious at FSG for “hanging him out to dry” on live television over the explosive commitment to join the ESL.
He was also said to be “devastated” at not being consulted on a plan that had such huge ramifications for him, his players, the club and football in general.
Klopp condemned the project but did not declare total war on Liverpool’s owners or go as far in his criticism as Pep Guardiola did the following lunchtime.
But he was left in an almost impossible position by the Boston-based trio of John Henry, Tom Werner and Mike Gordon who run the club.
That has exposed divisions in the relationship between manager and board that could prove extremely difficult to fix.
Klopp seemingly has untouchable status at Liverpool as well as a contract that runs until the summer of 2024.
But Henry, Werner and Gordon are said to have been unhappy, in turn, that the manager was negative about the calamitous project they had given their backing to on Sunday night.
The horrible miscalculation by the Anfield owners could now have huge ramifications going into the summer.
There are already widespread calls for them to sell up after nearly a decade.
But that may not come quick enough for Klopp, who will be aware that the Bayern Munich job will be available when Hansi Flick leaves at the end of the season.
Klopp has overseen a marked decline at Anfield this season following two extraordinary campaigns that ended with Champions League and Premier League titles.
He is approaching the end of his sixth season at Liverpool after taking over in October 2015.