Friday 20 April 2018

Revealed - Alarming statistics that suggest Brendan Rodgers was better than Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool

Brendan Rodgers (left) and Jurgen Klopp (right).
Brendan Rodgers (left) and Jurgen Klopp (right).
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has admitted he is getting ‘pretty sick’ of watching his side concede goals following defensive mistakes and that recurring theme of his tenure as Reds boss means he now has a WORSE record than his predecessor Brendan Rodgers.

Rodgers was sacked in October 2015 after a disappointing start to his fourth season as Liverpool manager and left with a 50 win per-cent from the 166 games he took charge of.

Remarkably, Klopp has the exact same win 50 per-cent win rate after 108 games as Reds boss, but the statistics confirm that the Irishman produced a Liverpool team that secured more wins and scored more goals than Klopp has managed in his time at Anfield.

Rodgers free-scoring team fired 225 goals compared to the 196 goals Klopp’s Liverpool have managed in the last couple of years, with the former manager also securing more victories, winning 59 matches compared to Klopp’s 54.

Rodgers enjoyed a vintage second season as Liverpool manager as he guided the team to a second place finish and came close to ending their long wait for a Premier League title triumph, losing out to Manchester City after a dip in form at the end of the season.

Yet the record Rodgers left behind looks impressive when placed against Klopp’s run of results, even though the mood among Liverpool supporters has been more optimistic since the arrival of the German.

After Tuesday night’s Carabao Cup exit at the hands of Leicester inspired Klopp to suggest he was as fed up as the club’s supporters of seeing his side dominate game and fail to win after defensive errors, Anfield goal scoring great John Aldridge suggests the club’s fans may turn against the manager and his team unless they find a way to cure their defensive woes.

“I’m a massive fan of Klopp and remain totally convinced he is the right man to lead Liverpool, but he has to get to grips with defensive woes that are costing him points far too often,” states Aldridge.

“If he can’t find solutions to the problems at the back, fans will start to question Klopp and his coaching staff because they do not seem to be getting to grips with the basic problems undermining their team’s ambitions.

“They have to sort the defence out because it is basic errors costing them time and again. This is not a problem that started this season, as the issue that has been ongoing at Liverpool since before Klopp arrived as manager nearly two years ago.”

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