Thursday 20 July 2017

The stats that show that Jurgen Klopp hasn't done any better in the Premier League than Brendan Rodgers

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - AUGUST 10: (THE SUN OUT, THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) Brendan Rodgers manager of Liverpool shakes hands with Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp before the Pre Season Friendly match between Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund at Anfield on August 10, 2014 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - AUGUST 10: (THE SUN OUT, THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) Brendan Rodgers manager of Liverpool shakes hands with Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp before the Pre Season Friendly match between Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund at Anfield on August 10, 2014 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Jurgen Klopp has a virtually identical record to Brendan Rodgers over his first 54 Premier League games as Liverpool manager.

Klopp took over at Anfield in October 2015 and had an instant impact at the club, guiding Liverpool to two cup finals last year and a sparkling start to this season’s Premier League campaign.

Yet a disastrous January saw Liverpool crash out of both domestic cup competitions and last Saturday’s 2-0 defeat at Hull ended any faint hopes of a challenge for the Premier League title.

Klopp is facing his first mini-crisis as Liverpool manager and the statistics confirm that the progress he appeared to be making at the Merseyside club was, in fact, something of a mirage, with the German not producing results that are any better than his predecessor.

Meanwhile, former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher has questioned whether Klopp or the club’s board were the driving force behind the decision to avoid making any signings in the January transfer window.

Carragher suggests his former club have the sixth best squad in the Premier League and he is surprised that investment in fresh talent was not forthcoming last month.

“It was a major disappointment, whether it was down to the manager or the board, was not getting any reinforcements in in January,” stated Carragher.

“The players are there. I am not saying panic buy, I am talking about in terms of numbers, Liverpool needed something. If you look at their bench, they haven’t got anything like what Manchester United have got, the teams they are trying to compete with.

“The fact that they haven’t reinforced from a position of strength – where they were in the league as the best challengers for Chelsea – has meant they have fallen away. They don’t have the squad to match the other teams.”

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