Jurgen Klopp has now been Liverpool manager for two years. Here’s the story of the charismatic German’s time on Merseyside so far in numbers.
Klopp took charge of the Reds on October 8, 2015, following the end of Brendan Rodgers’ up-and-down reign on Merseyside.
His arrival was met with resounding joy by the Liverpool fanbase, with the 50-year-old regarded as one of the best managers in world football.
Liverpool have made undoubted progress in these last two years, despite errors here and there—current form is not too good—with some impressive statistics racked up along the way.
Here’s all you need to know about Klopp’s two years—in numbers.
The number of matches the 50-year-old has taken charge of, starting with a stalemate at Tottenham.
His most recent outing resulted in a 1-1 draw at Newcastle last Sunday.
The amount of wins Klopp has managed since taking the reigns.
Liverpool have drawn 32 times during Klopp’s tenure, with the German earning a point in all three of his first games as manager.
The number of losses suffered with Klopp at the helm.
Fortunately, only 21.6 percent of his games have ended in defeat, with the Europa League final against Sevilla arguably his lowest moment at Liverpool so far.
Liverpool have been free-flowing over the last two years, and a total of 201 goals have been scored. The 4-1 win at Man City in November 2015 was very much a sign of things to come.
Number of goals conceded. That attacking aspect of Klopp’s play may have caught the eye, but the defensive side has been a major issue.
To let in 125 goals in 111 matches has to be considered disappointing.
This is how many clean sheets have been kept in Klopp’s 111 matches. In 2005/06, under Rafa Benitez, Liverpool had 33, going to show there is plenty to work on at the back.
Klopp’s win percentage at Liverpool. It is a solid effort, without question, but it needs to go up if the Reds are to become a genuine force.
Rodgers (50%), Gerard Houllier (52.12%) and Benitez (56.28%) all had superior records by the time they left.
Klopp’s average points per game. That is narrowly inferior to Bill Shankly’s adjusted record of 1.81, but a fair way short of Kenny Dalglish (2.08) first time around—the best managerial points average in Liverpool history.
Amount of cup finals reached. It didn’t take long for Klopp to make his mark in knockout football, with the former Dortmund favourite guiding Liverpool to the League Cup and Europa League finals in 2015/16. They lost both.
Top managers are invariably judged on the silverware they win, and Klopp will be desperate to win his first trophy as Reds boss.
It is now approaching six years since Liverpool’s last success—the 2012 League Cup.
Number of defeats against top-six rivals, and Everton, in 27 matches in all competitions.
One of those was an undeserved loss at home to Man United in January 2016, one came on penalties against Man City and the other was the 5-0 drubbing at the Etihad last month, when Sadio Mane was sent off.
The amount of players Klopp has used at Liverpool, including seven who have only been unused substitutes.
Liverpool’s manager has spent this amount on new signings, with soon-to-be Reds midfielder Naby Keita the most expensive buy, at £48 million.