It’s a year since Jurgen Klopp took over from Brendan Rodgers as manager of Liverpool.
And oddly, Rodgers and Klopp’s first 12 months in the Premier League are very similar, in terms of results and stylistic performances.
These Sky Sports stats, shown in this tweet, show that Klopp’s on three more points more with one game less played, but that stats like goals scored are similar – strange when you’d expect Klopp to be ahead anecdotally. What’s more, Rodgers’ Liverpool actually had more shots on goal than the German’s!
Rodgers vs Klopp, first 12 months in Premier League pic.twitter.com/REzU4EpcDf
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It’s also interesting that Klopp’s team has had more of the ball than Rodgers’ – who was criticised no-end for his meaningless possession football.
Of course, there are plenty of other things to consider… Klopp had to play with Rodgers’ squad for the majority of his first 12 months, while the Northern Irishman had the advantage of arriving before the 2012/13 season started and entering the transfer window immediately.
On the other hand, Rodgers’ fantastic 2013/14 campaign doesn’t feature in these stats, so it’s clear he made an enormous improvement after this foundation season.
It looks like Klopp might be doing the same this term with his Liverpool, who have won seven of our nine games in all competitions so far.