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.
“He should be the one” – Anfield legend believes Liverpool should look to sign this in-form English star
Liverpool FC transfer news: Carragher wants Reds to sign Maddison
The English midfielder had a fine debut season for the Foxes after joining from Norwich City in the previous campaign.
Maddison was excellent in the 1-1 draw against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge this weekend and created several chances for the away side.
Liverpool didn’t sign a senior outfield player in the summer but Carragher believed that the Leicester City man is the one that the Reds should target (h/t Mirror):
“I think he is the one player outside of the top six who Liverpool should be looking at.”
Carragher was speaking on Sky Sports (h/t Mirror) and believed that Maddison is the player who could take us to the next step even though he would cost a lot of money:
“People have been talking about Coutinho coming back, but obviously that hasn’t happened as he has gone to Bayern Munich, but if you are looking in the Premier League, yes he will cost a lot of money, but he should be the one Liverpool are looking at if you are going to that next step up.”
An expensive signing for Klopp’s side?
The Reds have several midfield options in their current team but there isn’t one player who can create chances for the attackers.
Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are two attack-minded midfielders but they aren’t as creative as Maddison.
The 22-year-old has grown since his move to the King Power Stadium and it will be interesting to see how he performs this season.
Brendan Rodgers has worked well with young talent in the past and our former manager seems to be getting the best out of Maddison.
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Leicester sold Harry Maguire for a huge sum this summer, and they won’t let the Englishman leave easily anytime soon.
“He needs to be patient” – Klopp believes Liverpool star will be back to his best despite slow start
Latest Liverpool news: Klopp wants Oxlade-Chamberlain to be patient regarding game time
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is back to full fitness and started in our last two games.
However, his performance in the UEFA Super Cup wasn’t great, while he did an excellent job in the second half against Southampton.
The Ox was subbed off at half-time against Chelsea in Istanbul, and Klopp claimed the midfielder needs to be patient before he gets back to his best (h/t Mirror):
“He needs to be patient in the right way, and everything will be fine 100 per cent. We only talk about Ox because everybody knows how good he is.
“We need to make sure that he can show that on the pitch as well. When I make the decision that he is now ready then it is my responsibility of course, and the boy only has to try to do his best. That’s what Ox obviously did.”
Ox needs more time on the field
The English midfielder almost missed an entire season due to the knee injury he picked up against Roma, and he will get back to his best after getting more minutes on the pitch.
Klopp added that playing him in an advanced position in the Super Cup didn’t work out, but claimed that things would be alright for the midfielder soon.
Liverpool need the Ox to remain injury-free for the majority of this season as he provides a different dimension to the team.
The former Arsenal star provides a greater attacking threat from the midfield and hopefully, he can create several chances for our forwards.
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Liverpool’s next game is against Oxlade-Chamberlain’s former club, and it will be interesting to see if the Englishman faces the Gunners on Saturday.
Liverpool coach confirms discussions to sign former Tottenham star available on a free transfer
Liverpool FC transfer news: Achterberg confirms signing Vorm has been discussed
Liverpool’s goalkeeping coach John Achterberg confirmed that Michel Vorm’s name has been discussed by the Champions League holders.
The Reds have seen Alisson pick up a calf injury in the first game of the Premier League season while Adrian was declared fit to play against Southampton at the weekend.
Andy Lonergan was on the bench for the trip to St Mary’s and we could be in further trouble if either of the senior keepers picks up a problem.
Vorm was one of the best players for Swansea during his spell in the Premier League but his move to Tottenham saw him become the understudy to Hugo Lloris.
The Dutchman left Spurs at the end of last season, and Achterberg told NOS (h/t Liverpool Echo) that having quality keepers in the side isn’t an issue:
“A good third goalie at a top club is not a superfluous luxury, I have always said this. Michel Vorm’s arrival has been discussed.”
The coach praised Lonergan for his experience in the lower leagues and added that Caoimhin Kelleher is a decent option too given that the academy starlet plays for Ireland’s youth teams.
A good move for Liverpool?
Liverpool cannot buy a senior keeper from another club as the transfer window has closed but they can sign free agents.
It will be difficult to find a better option than Vorm given his experience in the Premier League. However, the Dutch keeper would be the third choice below Adrian and above Lonergan.
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Liverpool cannot take risks with this position, and pushing Kelleher into the starting XI would be riskier than playing Vorm.