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.
Former Red believes Jose Mourinho could get sacked if Man United lose to Liverpool
Former Liverpool star Jamie Redknapp believes that a loss for Manchester United against Liverpool will inevitably lead to Jose Mourinho’s sacking.
The two giants of Premier League football meet on Sunday, and the Reds are 16 points ahead of United after just 16 games this season.
Liverpool are the only unbeaten side in the Premier League and are giving Manchester City a run for their money in the race for the title.
The Reds know a win will keep them on top of the table while a loss for United could scupper their chances of a top-four finish.
“These sorts of games are season-definers. They are the ones that fans wait for. If United win, it will be, ‘Wow, okay, we’ve got to give this guy more time. He can turn it around’.
“But if they lose it will become a situation where you have a snowball effect. The inquest will be so big afterwards and it might feel that it’s all becoming inevitable for Jose.”
The former Red claimed that losing to Manchester City would be acceptable as they are one of the best sides in the world but a loss to the Reds would be too much.
United do have a decent record against us in the Premier League with Jurgen Klopp in charge. Hopefully, we get the win on Sunday and keep our title dreams alive.
“Do I have to win it?” – Jurgen Klopp responds to Jose Mourinho’s latest trophy jibe
The United manager was speaking ahead of our clash against the Red Devils, and Klopp was not going to have any of it.
The German claimed that anything less than a trophy would not be considered as a failure after our great start to the season (h/t Liverpool Echo).
“Do I have to? Do I have to win it?”
“People might remember that but what I have to do is make the best of the things the club is offering me – that is what I believe in.”
The manager also spoke about the Champions League ride last season, claiming it was brilliant, even if we didn’t win the title.
Klopp also claimed that life wouldn’t be great if it was only about doing the best all the time.
“I enjoyed it a lot. Going to the final was fantastic but in life – in all departments of life including your job – if only the best counts and effort doesn’t count then life is s***.
“You can do whatever you want but if I’m not as smart as Einstein or whatever, I can’t try a little bit? I will never be him.
“I love the challenge. Make the best of it. That is how I understand life, I learned it a little bit in football. In the end other people have to judge that.”
The manager is yet to win a trophy during his time at Liverpool, but came close by making it to three finals. Liverpool have made their best start ever in the club’s history, and lead the Premier League after 16 games.
Klopp could certainly make this season even better with a win over United on Sunday, a feat the German has never achieved in the Premier League.
Liverpool star claims this action against Napoli was similar to scoring a goal
Alisson produced the moment of our Champions League campaign when he saved in the dying seconds from Arkadiusz Milik.
The save ensured Liverpool defeated Napoli in our final group game 1-0, and we can now think about the knockout rounds.
“A save at the end of the game is always great and you feel you have contributed to the game.
“Of course, an important save in the first minute is as important as a save in the last minute but for the fans it’s the closest thing to scoring a goal in the last minute, like we did in the derby against Everton.”
The former Roma keeper also thanked the teammates for helping secure the win.
“But I only managed to make that save with the help of my teammates’ contribution and thank God we got the victory.”
The next test for the Brazilian would be the clash against Manchester United. A win will keep us at the top of the table, and we need to put United to the sword on Sunday.
Alisson was excellent in our draw against Chelsea in the Premier League and has only grown in stature. Hopefully, the Brazilian puts up a fantastic performance against our arch rivals.
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