Jurgen Klopp speaks out about reaching 50 matches as Liverpool manager

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It’s been a whirlwind seven months for Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool.

It doesn’t seem long ago that the German arrived on Merseyside to replace the recently sacked Brendan Rodgers and it’s crazy to think that Klopp has been in charge of 50 matches for the club.

But that will be the case tonight after his side takes on Chelsea at Anfield. It’s taken him just 217 days to reach that milestone - 34 days quicker than the previous record, set by Joe Fagan.


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With Klopp leading his side to the Capital One Cup final, needing replays against Exeter and West Ham in the FA Cup and reaching the Europa League final, it means that since Klopp’s arrival at Liverpool, they have played a match almost every four days.

It explains why his side has sometimes lacked consistency in the league but it has also allowed him to instil his philosophy quicker with games coming thick and fast.

While he will be hoping to break records for matches won, or trophies gained, Klopp spoke about how "fun" and "interesting" it has been reaching a half-century of matches.

“It has been intense but fun, too. Everything is new which is always interesting and time goes by like I can’t believe,” Klopp said, per Sky Sports.

“I will have no problem going on holiday but I also look forward to the next three games.

“50 games! Normally, you need one and half seasons for this. I haven’t even had one complete season. That’s funny.

“We’re in good shape. All the jobs we do, everything we think, about what to change and what to leave like it is, keeps you awake and that’s good.

“We will all be really ready for these three games. I am sure of that,” he added.

The stress may have got to the former Borussia Dortmund man during the previous seven months, though, with him needing surgery to remove his appendix in February. However, Klopp only missed one match after his operation and has ensured everyone he has fully recovered.

“Don’t worry about me,” he added. “I feel good. Since my appendix came out, I feel new. Everything is good,” he added.

There is no opportunity for Klopp to celebrate breaking this record. The Reds can still mathematically finish fifth in the Premier League while they face Sevilla in the Europa League final, hoping to win their first trophy since 2012.

Beating Sevilla would not only represent their first honour for four years, it would also give them access to next season’s Champions League.

Playing in Europe’s elite competition next season would mean the club are able to attract world-class talent to the club this summer - not to mention the lure of playing under Klopp.

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