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.
“We want to be as successful as possible” – Jurgen Klopp praises players after record-breaking start to the season
Jurgen Klopp has hailed the Liverpool players for their record-breaking start to the season. The Liverpool Echo reports that our tally of 42 points from 16 games is the best during this stage of a top-flight season.
We achieved that landmark with a 4-0 demolition job of Bournemouth on Saturday and moved to the top of the Premier League table after Chelsea’s win over Manchester City.
Klopp further gave all the credit for the feat to the players (h/t Liverpool Echo):
“I think I said a few years ago that we have to write our own history.
“It’s important but it’s not the most important thing in the world that we beat any team’s record from 30 years ago or whatever.
“The thing is that we want to be as successful as possible. Nobody knows what that means. This league is so difficult to play.”
The manager even had time to joke about the points tally we have achieved so far this season.
“To have 42 points, I usually had that in April, and now it’s December. That’s massive. It’s exceptional, and the boys deserve all the credit for that because they fight for each yard.”
Liverpool looked great in the win over the Cherries but it felt like we had more in the tank. There are a couple of tough matches coming up for the Reds as we face Napoli in the Champions League and Manchester United at the weekend.
We have to beat the Italians to make it to the next round of the European competition, and the pressure will be on to put Carlo Ancelotti’s men to the sword.
Klopp will already be planning the downfall of the Serie A side, and if we play to our potential, there could be a fantastic match at Anfield in midweek.
“It’s time for a change right now” – Former USA international urges Liverpool target to leave Bundesliga giants
Borussia Dortmund winger Christian Pulisic has been told that it is time for a change, with the January window around the corner.
The Liverpool Echo adds that the Reds have kept tabs on the 20-year-old and Chelsea are also interested in signing the winger.
Former United States international Alexi Lalas believes it is time for the winger to leave Dortmund for bigger things in the future.
“There are teams all over the world that would love to have Christian Pulisic right now. I think he’s done a great job in going over to Germany, he’s done a great job at Borussia Dortmund.
“But I think it’s time for a change right now for Christian Pulisic, and a change to an even higher profile team.”
The report adds that the American is out of contract in 2020 and should he refuse to extend his stay at Dortmund, the club could sell him in the coming window.
Liverpool could do with someone like Pulisic in their side, and he would certainly do well under his former boss Klopp.
The American is one of the bright players in the Bundesliga but hasn’t been great in the current campaign for Borussia Dortmund.
The youngster has been upstaged by Jadon Sancho, who is playing better than him at the moment.
“I rate him among the very best at the top” – Liverpool star heaps praise on teammate after Bournemouth win
Liverpool star Georginio Wijnaldum believes James Milner is one of the best players in the world and praised the versatility of the 32-year-old.
The Englishman played his 500th Premier League game for the Reds in our 4-0 win over Bournemouth and even captained the side as Jordan Henderson was on the bench.
“Which player in the world can you play in every position in a team and he will do really well in all of those positions? There is no-one, apart from Milner.
“He has played in so many different roles — and he is always brilliant. That’s why I rate him among the very best at the top, I really do.”
The Dutchman added that Milner always puts his 100% on the pitch, which is good for the team.
“What Milner is capable of at this level, I have never seen other players do that. Milner will always get great marks, no matter on what position our manager puts him.”
The midfielder has been used all around the park by Jurgen Klopp. The former Leeds United star even played a majority of a season as our first-choice left-back ahead of Alberto Moreno during the 2016/17 season.
The 32-year-old has only gotten better with each season under his belt and Wijnaldum highlighted the professionalism of the midfielder.
“Some players can get frustrated when they have to switch positions. But with Milner, you will never see a mood swing. His attitude just stays the same.”
The Reds play Napoli in a huge Champions League clash, and we can be sure that Milner will give his 100% on the pitch.
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