Jurgen Klopp is not having the best start to 2017 – his Liverpool side have dropped 13 points adrift of Premier League leaders Chelsea and they are out of both the EFL Cup and FA Cup.
In fact, the Reds have claimed just one victory in 10 games in all competitions since the start of the year.
Interestingly, Opta has revealed that Klopp’s record after 54 Premier League games almost matches that of his predecessor Brendan Rodgers.
The German coach was seen as a big step up in calibre of manager when he replaced Rodgers in October 2015, largely because of his success with Borussia Dortmund, where he guided the team to two Bundesliga titles.
However, the numbers suggest otherwise considering that he has won (26), drawn (16) and lost (12) the exact same amount of top-flight games that Rodgers did in his first 54.
— Sky Sports News HQ (@SkySportsNewsHQ) February 7, 2017
A graphic from Sky Sports details that Rodgers actually had a better run than Klopp, with his Liverpool team scoring 110 goals compared to his successor’s 107.
Under the German, the Reds have conceded nine more goals than they did during Rodgers’s first 54 league games in charge.
However, perspective is needed, particularly when you consider that the Northern Irishman had Luis Suarez (arguably one of the best forwards in the world) in his team.
In addition, Rodgers was given a summer transfer window and a full pre-season when he was hired as opposed to Klopp who arrived two months into the 2015-16 campaign.
Nevertheless, the stats do not lie, but plenty of fans have argued the points mentioned above, and are refusing to suggest that Rodgers is as good as Klopp.
Logs into Twitter & sees Rodgers being mentioned in the same breath as Klopp. pic.twitter.com/Ks1aPGgta7
— AnfieldUrchin (@AnfieldUrchin) February 7, 2017
@ESPNFC Well, Rodgers had Suarez. Klopp doesn't and has managed to do a very good job in my opinion. But recently, they've been very poor.
— Jean Pierre Guzhnay (@JeanPierreGuz) February 7, 2017
@Coops256 Rodgers had Suarez and Sturridge but Klopp has Firminho and Origi ????????????????
— Kris (@kris1179) February 7, 2017
— Kevin White (@seriouslykevin2) February 7, 2017
@mephobia8 would like Rodgers to go to Germany and try and win 2 titles. Rodgers blew millions. Klopp is in profit
— Paul Leece (@LECKY9) February 7, 2017
If you're on of the ones in favor of Rodgers over Klopp i suggest you seek urgent medical attention.
— Samuel. (@SamuelAdams89) February 7, 2017
All this Rodgers/ Klopp comparison is embarrassing. Rodgers had Luis Suarez and fairly quickly Daniel Sturidge when he was actually good.
— Iain (@Harrinho7) February 7, 2017
Kenny left Rodgers with Reina, Agger, Gerrard and Suarez and Rodgers left Klopp with Mignolet, Lovren, Allen and Benteke
— Andy (@AndyTheRed83) February 7, 2017
@Liverpool_FC_ Rodgers came in the summer had 2 pre season and made some signings, klopp came in october and has had 1 pre season
— Daniel Reppion (@DanielReppion) February 7, 2017
When Klopp spends 300 million then compare him to Rodgers…
— Jeff_kamara2 (@Kamara2R) February 7, 2017
I stand corrected. I am now seeing Klopp and Rodgers comparisons, so stupid. If Klopp had Suarez we'd probably be first right now lmao
— Jordan (@ZeusLFC) February 7, 2017
I seriously can't believe some of fans are actually questioning and comparing Klopp to Rodgers and he hasn't had a full season yet! #LFC
— tom cowling (@tom_cowling) February 7, 2017
@DeludedBrendan Klopp has took the club to 2 cup finals one of which was in Europe, Rodgers didn't even with Suarez
— Dan Carey (@DJCarey8) February 7, 2017
@Liverpool_FC_ Klopp has no Suarez, Gerrard, etc.Rodgers was garbage and didn't spend well
— Iain (@waltonherb) February 7, 2017