Jurgen Klopp is four months into his role as Liverpool manager and his spell on Merseyside has been an incredibly enjoyable watch.
Klopp’s infectious personality and ‘Gegenpressing’ system have left Liverpool fans optimistic of a bright future under the German, who has guided them to the League Cup final.
However, there is cause for concern in that Klopp’s Premier League win percentage (35 per cent) is identical to Roy Hodgson’s (35 per cent) in the England manager’s 20-game stint at Anfield and worse than Kenny Dalglish’s (43 per cent).
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The stats, revealed by Sky Sports, show that Liverpool create more chances but their defence has worsened under the lively 48-year-old.
Since Klopp’s arrival, the Reds have made 25 errors leading to shots - two more than any other team - and only West Ham have conceded more goals directly from individual mistakes.
Though offensively, Liverpool have created 236 chances in the league, 16 more than their nearest rival.
Haven't climbed the table
Klopp joined the club last October when they were 10th in the Premier League. Following Saturday’s 2-2 against Sunderland (which Klopp missed due to an operation to remove his appendix), the Reds are ninth.
So there hasn’t been a noticeable difference in Liverpool’s league position. However, they have produced some memorable wins during Klopp’s reign.
First there was the 3-1 win against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, Klopp’s first league victory. Three weeks later Liverpool were stunning in a 4-1 win at title challengers Manchester City.
Fans are optimistic
He has the chance to do in his first season what his predecessor Brendan Rodgers couldn’t in three full years - win Liverpool a trophy. The Reds take on City in the Capital One Cup final on February 28.
Klopp has instilled optimism around the red half of Merseyside and, with a summer to shape his squad to suit his desires awaiting, Liverpool are expected to compete for a top four spot next season.