Friday 15 December 2017

Jurgen Klopp's strange new Liverpool record shows just how hectic his first season has been

Jurgen Klopp
Jurgen Klopp

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp will create a small piece of history in his 50th match in charge of the club but he hopes to be able to write a bigger chapter in the future.

The German brings up his half-century against Chelsea on Wednesday in just 217 days - the fewest by any of his predecessors with Bob Paisley and Joe Fagan the closest to him on 254.

All those matches, which included a run to the Capital One Cup final and next week's Europa League final against Sevilla, have been packed in since he took over in mid-October, during which time he was also admitted to hospital to have his appendix removed.

That means his team have averaged a game just over every four days, a hectic schedule that is unusual even by the standards of modern football - by comparison, Leicester averaged a game every six and a half days this season.

It has been something of a whirlwind introduction to English football for the former Borussia Dortmund boss but he would not have had it any other way.

"It was intense but fun too. Everything was new so it was interesting," he said of his near-seven months in charge.

"Time goes by so fast, I can't believe this season is nearly over.

"Usually you need one and a half seasons for this. That is funny.

"The jobs to do and everything you need to think about keeps you awake but it is good."

While Klopp does not want the season to end the campaign is over for Chelsea captain John Terry and with it potentially his Premier League career.

The former England international starts a two-match ban which rules him out of their final two fixtures and with no contract offer forthcoming it seems he has played his last game for the club.

However, interim boss Guus Hiddink denies the defender has been treated badly and believes Terry deserves a public farewell if he is to leave in the summer when his contract is up, with the player himself having said in January he would not be extending his stay.

"There's time," Hiddink said on the prospect of a contract extension.

"People who are making the decisions want to take their time. That's up to them.

"That doesn't mean there's dramatic, bad treatment so far, but everyone has his own approach to deal with this matter."

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