The trophies, the goals, the players – Klopp in numbers

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The trophies, the goals, the players - Klopp in numbers
The trophies, the goals, the players – Klopp in numbers

A smiling, bespectacled Jurgen Klopp sits down to meet the British media for the first time.

The Liverpool side he is taking over has had a frustrating start to the season, offering no sign of ending their long wait for the title.

Not that the new manager is talking up his chances just yet.

“I am the normal one,” he famously proclaims. He adds: “It is not so important what people think when you come in. It is much more important what people think when you leave.”

Eight-and-a-half transformative years later, Klopp has done his final fist pumps in front of the Kop and is exiting stage right.

We look at the numbers to weigh up his achievements.

How many trophies has Klopp won at Liverpool?

Judging Klopp purely on silverware, his haul is notable.

One Premier League title, one Champions League crown, an FA Cup, two EFL Cups, the Community Shield, a UEFA Super Cup and a Fifa Club World Cup.

In that title-winning season of 2019-20, his Liverpool side became the fastest team to reach 30 wins and were within one of breaking the 100-point mark.

His trophy cabinet could have been a lot fuller too if there had not been heartbreaking Champions League final defeats by Real Madrid in 2017-18 and 2021-22 respectively, coupled with in-vain pursuits of Manchester City in the Premier League, topping 90 points twice and still finishing second.

At that same news conference, Klopp talked about turning “doubters into believers” and the relentless drive for perfection that characterised his reign and brought faith and pride back for Reds fans.

However, the German’s tenure was far from perfect.

Allied to the disappointing times his sides fell short were fallow years. His Reds team were poor in defending their title in 2020-21 and were jaded in finishing only fifth last season.

ndeed, in the 2021-22 season, Liverpool were competing on four fronts until the final throes of the campaign, missing out on the Premier League and Champions League titles, but winning two domestic cups.

Similarly, this season’s stellar effort only has one EFL Cup to show for it, as his Reds side ran out of steam at the critical juncture.

Klopp allowed Liverpool fans to dream again – but he could not turn every dream into reality.