Brendan Rodgers vs. Jurgen Klopp: First year as Liverpool manager compared

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This time last year, Liverpool were without manager.

Brendan Rodgers had just been sacked after more than three years in charge and the club were just two days away from appointing Jurgen Klopp as their new boss.

A lot has happened since then with the German manager arriving and guiding The Reds to an eighth-placed finish in the league last season, while he also led them to the finals of the Capital One Cup and Europa League - losing on both occasions.

It means Klopp is still looking for his first piece of silverware at the club - something Rodgers never achieved despite almost leading them to the league title back in the 2013/14 campaign.

This season, though, it appears that Klopp is really starting to instil his philosophy on the players with Liverpool being tipped to win the first Premier League title since 1990.

But with Klopp approaching his first anniversary at the club, we - with a little help from Sky Sports - thought it would the perfect time to compare his start to life on Merseyside to Rodgers’ - and the results may surprise you.

Note: These stats include Premier League matches only.


Klopp: 37 | Rodgers: 38


Klopp: 18 | Rodgers: 16


Klopp: 10 | Rodgers: 13


Klopp: 9 | Rodgers: 9


Klopp: 64 | Rodgers: 61


Klopp: 73 | Rodgers: 71

Goals conceded

Klopp: 50 | Rodgers: 43

As you can see from the above stats, Klopp and Rodgers enjoyed a very similar first 12 months in charge with just three points separating them.

For Rodgers, that time was spent leading Liverpool to a disappointing seventh-placed. However, during the Northern Irishman’s second year in charge, he led the club to their best Premier League season in recent years as they narrowly missed out on the title to Manchester City.

For Klopp, his Premier League experience to date has been troubled by inconsistencies as he took over midway through last campaign. However, like Rodgers, he will be hoping to use his second year in charge to launch a title bid just like his predecessor.

Perhaps the most surprising stat between the two managers is that Klopp has only seen his side score two more goals than Rodgers did during his maiden year. Klopp’s team is known as a swashbuckling attacking side that score freely, but it seems not too much has changed in terms of goals since when Rodgers took over.

One stat that we would love to see is the distance covered during that time. Klopp’s has instilled a high-pressing tactic at the club which has seen his players work tirelessly throughout the 90 minutes - probably the biggest difference between a Rodgers side and a Klopp side.

Klopp will no doubt be satisfied with his first year in charge but now he’s been able to add to his squad in the summer transfer window, he will be hoping to improve on his decent start and take Liverpool to that next level - something Rodgers failed to maintain.

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