Jurgen Klopp has been treated as the messiah by Liverpool fans so far. Although there has been some mocking from rival supporters – especially after the celebration following the 2-2 draw at home to West Brom on Sunday – it’s pretty easy to see why, with the German’s larger than life persona having revived a club that had somewhat lost its way under Brendan Rodgers.
The Northern Irishman was sacked on the back of his team’s 1-1 draw against Everton in the Merseyside derby, and interestingly with that his eighth league game of 2015/16 and Klopp’s Baggies episode also his eighth, the guys at OuLaLa.com have put together a thought-provoking infographic that dispels a few myths.
Simply put, there has been very little difference between Klopp and Rodgers over their split of the current season. Both have won three, drawn three and lost two, leaving them with 12 points, while the differences between average possession-per-match and passing accuracy are minimal. The German tactician may have a slightly better return in terms of goals scored and conceded, but the results are basically identical.
To be fair to Klopp, his period has been tougher. Rodgers may have faced a tough away at Arsenal, which ended in a draw, but in the current Reds chief’s reign he’s secured memorable wins at both Chelsea and Manchester City – albeit the former have been beaten by almost everyone – and has also had to contend with four Europa League matches and two Capital One Cup clashes in this run – Rodgers managed one domestic cup and two continental games over the same stretch.
There are mitigating circumstances, but this video now seems pretty apt…