It has been an incredible year for Jurgen Klopp as he has turned Liverpool around. From playing horrible football under Brendan Rodgers, Liverpool now are one of the most attractive teams to watch and all credit must go to the German.
The Reds lie just a couple of points below Manchester City in the race for the Premier League. With the international break on, what better way than to look back at the first year of Klopp’s Reds.
The former Borussia Dortmund manager joined the Reds on October 8, 2015 and here are some of the best numbers to have come out from his short but remarkable tenure. All the stats have been taken from Liverpool FC’s official site.
113 – Goals scored in various league and cup competitions for the Reds under Klopp.
76 – Seconds it took for Daniel Sturridge to score against Newcastle. This was the fastest goal scored under Klopp.
61 – The number of games the team has played under Klopp.
51 – Surprisingly, Simon Mignolet and Nathaniel Clyne have made the most number of appearances under the German.
49.18 – The winning percentage under Klopp.
49 – Minutes between goals scored by Liverpool.
30 – The Merseyside club have registered 30 wins under the German. The first one came in the league cup against Bournemouth last season.
24 – Cup games have been played by Liverpool. 13 in the Europa League, 7 in the League Cup and 4 in the FA Cup.
23 – The number of players who have scored under Klopp.
22 – The average age of the youngest side brought out by the manager. This was against Exeter in the FA Cup (22 years 319 days)
20 – Clean sheets recorded by the Reds under Klopp.
19 – Goals scored by players coming off the bench for the Reds. Crystal Palace striker Christian Benteke had the most with six.
16 – The number of players to have been handed a debut by Klopp.
9 – The number of players to have captained the side during Klopp’s tenure: James Milner, Martin Skrtel, Jon Flanagan, Jose Enrique, Joe Allen, Jordan Henderson, Christian Benteke, Lucas Leiva and Kolo Toure.
9 – The number of penalties won by Liverpool. Each one has been scored.
8 – Eight times the Reds have come back to win from a goal down.
6 – The biggest margin of victory under the German. A 6-0 win over Aston Villa in the league cup.
Impressive numbers under Klopp
There are some eye-popping stats but a couple do stand out. The eight games where Liverpool came back from a goal down to win shows the kind of steel and determination Klopp has imbibed in the side.
The other one has to be that 16 players have been given a chance to show their ability on the pitch. Jurgen Klopp does seem to be giving chances to players who deserve it. If they do well, the players stay in the team else they are shipped out.
The worst stat has to be the one regarding the clean sheets. Liverpool have to work on this and keeping 20 clean sheets in 61 games is a poor number to deal with.
Nevertheless, this has been an incredible year so far and with Liverpool playing this well, there could be more silverware. The Reds played two cup finals last season without winning either, maybe it is time for them to pick up the Premier League title.
ESPN pundit claims this Liverpool star is perfect to replace Luis Suarez at Barcelona
Liverpool FC transfer news: ESPN pundit claims Roberto Firmino would be a great fit at Barcelona
Roberto Firmino has to be one of the best players in the Premier League, and ESPN pundit Paul Mariner believes the Brazilian would be a great fit at Barcelona.
Suarez isn’t the only player to have moved to the Nou Camp with Philippe Coutinho joining them last year.
Mariner was asked who would be the replacement for the Uruguayan and claimed that Firmino is the right man, even if he was going to upset a few fans (h/t Daily Star):
“Just look at some of his link up play and I think that would be perfect for Barcelona.
“I know Coutinho hasn’t done it at Barca but Firmino is a different player.
“Firmino for me does it all. He is tremendous.”
Firmino’s future set at Anfield?
The Brazilian has been wonderful under Jurgen Klopp and the German has made the forward a better player since taking over from Brendan Rodgers.
The forward also signed a new deal recently and has formed a great partnership alongside Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah.
The former Hoffenheim star does more than score goals, as he does a lot of work for the team. The 27-year-old is integral to the way we play, and it would be a major surprise if we think about selling the Brazilian.
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Firmino could play for any side in the world, but thankfully he is one of us and can achieve great things under the German.
“Liverpool are the favourites” – Bayern Munich star backs Reds to beat the Bundesliga giants
Latest Liverpool news: Joshua Kimmich claims Liverpool are favourites ahead of Champions League clash
The first leg takes place on Tuesday night at Anfield, and the German claims Bayern’s inconsistency and Liverpool’s form this season makes the English side the favourites (h/t Telegraph):
“Liverpool are the favourites.
“They have lost one league game all season and have let in only 15 goals. But when you look at us, we are not as consistent as before.”
Bayern have struggled a bit this season under new manager Niko Kovac and trail Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga.
The Reds have been supreme in the league losing just once but are tied on points at the top of the table with Manchester City.
Jurgen Klopp making the difference for Liverpool
Kimmich was asked a range of questions by the Telegraph and the 24-year-old spoke about Jurgen Klopp possibly becoming the Germany boss in the future.
The Bayern star claimed Klopp could coach any side in the world and was amazed regarding the connection the manager has with the fans and players.
“You can see how he pushes his players to another level. Every player is better with this coach.”
Klopp has had his run-ins with Bayern during his spell as Dortmund manager, and it will be interesting to see how we perform in the first leg on Tuesday.
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Liverpool haven’t played since defeating Bournemouth 3-0 and had a 10-day break to prepare for this clash. The Reds then play Manchester United at the weekend, and these two huge games should see the best out of the team.
19-year-old Liverpool target emerges on arch-rivals Man United’s radar for the summer
Liverpool FC transfer news: Manchester United and PSG battle for Liverpool target Joao Felix
Liverpool have been linked with a move for Benfica’s starlet Joao Felix, according to the Mirror. However, there is a lot of interest in the 19-year-old, who has a release clause of £105million (h/t Mirror).
The report adds that Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain are “locked” in a battle for Felix, who has been dubbed as the next Cristiano Ronaldo.
Manchester City, Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, Arsenal and Chelsea are also admirers of Europe’s rising talent, according to the report. Ronaldo has also been seen at Benfica games, and the Mirror adds that the youngster wants to play alongside the legend one day.
However, the report claims that Juventus are not in the running for the 19-year-old with PSG and Manchester United leading the race for his signature.
Liverpool have youngsters performing away on loan
Although the Reds could do with more senior attacking options to provide cover for Mohamed Salah and co, Liverpool have a few youngsters doing well on loan this season.
Felix would cost a bomb, according to the report, while the likes of Harry Wilson and Ryan Kent have done well at Derby County and Rangers respectively.
We also have Marko Grujic doing exceptionally well at Hertha Berlin, but it seems he will be loaned out for another year.
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Felix has a bright future ahead of him and it will be interesting to see if he switches from Benfica to another club in the summer window.