Jurgen Klopp currently has the second worst record of any Liverpool manager in the 21st century, with only Roy Hodgson faring worse than the man currently in the dugout.
The German gaffer’s win percentage is 44.74% after 38 matches and he has only lost one less than the unpopular-at-Anfield England manager, but has been in charge for seven more games than Hodgson managed.
Of course, defenders of the former Borussia Dortmund boss will point out that the 48-year-old took over in October and hasn’t been able to assemble his own squad of players.
This can be remedied in the summer and, if the recent deluge of rumours are to be believed, Klopp has got a plan.
According to the Daily Mirror, the Reds boss is looking at the possibility of luring two of his compatriots to Merseyside.
The first will be familiar to Klopp, with Bayern Munich’s attacking-midfielder Mario Gotze thought to be a target.
The pair spent four seasons together at Borussia Dortmund, lifting the Bundesliga twice and the German Cup once.
Jonas Hector is also allegedly being looked at and the Cologne left-back is sure to feature prominently at Euro 2016 for Germany and would be a welcome addition for any team looking for defensive recruits.
Marc-Andre ter Stegen is also a long-speculated target for the Reds – so that’s three of Klopp’s compatriots linked with the club in today’s papers alone.
Bringing in a large number of players from the same nation is a tactic that has been tried before, with varying results.
Arsene Wenger’s first official signing at Arsenal was Nicolas Anelka, but he also recommended Remi Garde and Patrick Vieira join the club while he was seeing out his contract at Nagoya Grampus Eight in Japan.
Gilles Grimandi and Emmanuel Petit joined the following summer, with the French-inspired Gunners doing the double in Wenger’s first full season in charge.
Aston Villa and Newcastle United have tried the same tactic of bringing players in from over the Channel and have fared poorly, but did so without having a Frenchman in the dugout.
The situation with Klopp is more similar to Arsenal than that of the two Premier League strugglers and bringing in his countrymen would allow him to mould Liverpool in his own image.