Analysing Jurgen Klopp’s incredible record v Liverpool’s Big Six rivals

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Jurgen Klopp celebrates after Liverpool beat West Ham at Anfield. March 2022.

Since becoming Liverpool manager in October 2015, Jurgen Klopp has been a thorn in the side of their main Premier League rivals.

After a 0-0 draw against Tottenham in his first game in charge of the Reds, Klopp soon oversaw a 3-1 win away at Chelsea and a 4-1 win away at Manchester City at the start of his tenure.

Those impressive results were a sign of things to come as the manager gradually transformed Liverpool into one of the best teams in the world.

Liverpool ended their long wait for a Premier League title in 2019-20, finishing 18 points ahead of Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City. Klopp’s side have also beaten Tottenham 2-0 in the 2019 Champions League final and defeated Chelsea in the 2022 FA Cup and Carabao Cup finals.

They’ve also had some other memorable results against their big six rivals during Klopp’s tenure, including thumping Manchester United 4-0 and 5-0 during the 2021-22 season and a dramatic 4-3 win over against City in 2018.

It’s no surprise that Klopp is hero-worshipped by the red half of Merseyside with Liverpool enjoying their best run of success since the glory days of the 1970s and 1980s and they’re normally a match for their direct rivals.

We’ve taken a closer look at Klopp’s record vs the big six clubs as Liverpool boss, broken down into his record against each individual member of the ‘big six’ followed by an overall tally.

Note: we’ve included his record in all competitions and games that went to a penalty shootout are classified as draws.


Played: 19
Won: 6
Drawn: 9*
Lost: 4

Goals for: 26
Goals against: 21

*Three of the draws resulted in penalty shootout wins for Liverpool.


Played: 18
Won: 10
Drawn: 7*
Lost: 1

Goals for: 47
Goals against: 22

*Liverpool won one penalty shootout and Arsenal won two.

Manchester City

Played: 19
Won: 8
Drawn: 7*
Lost: 4

Goals for: 33
Goals against: 31

*Man City won two penalty shootouts against Liverpool.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp and Man City manager Pep Guardiola

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Played: 16
Won: 9
Drawn: 6
Lost: 1

Goals for: 26
Goals against: 17

Manchester United

Played: 16
Won: 6
Drawn: 7
Lost: 3

Goals for: 26
Goals against: 12

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp

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Played: 88
Won: 39
Drawn: 36
Lost: 13

Goals for: 158
Goals against: 103

Win rate: 44.3%
Loss rate: 14.7%
Goals per game: 1.8
Goals conceded per game: 1.17

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