A breakdown of Jurgen Klopp’s impressive record v big six rivals

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Jurgen Klopp celebrates after Liverpool win the League Cup final. Wembley Stadium, February 2022.

Since becoming Liverpool manager in October 2015, Jurgen Klopp has been a thorn in the side of their 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 Carabao Cup final.

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

We’ve taken a closer look at Klopp’s record vs the big six clubs as Liverpool boss. Note: we’ve included his record in all competitions and games that went to a penalty shootout are classified as draws. 

Chelsea

Played: 18
Won: 6
Drawn: 8*
Lost: 4

Goals for: 26
Goals against: 21

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

Arsenal

Played: 17
Won: 9
Drawn: 7*
Lost: 1

Goals for: 45
Goals against: 22

*Liverpool won one penalty shootout and Arsenal won two.

Manchester City

Played: 17
Won: 7
Drawn: 6*
Lost: 4

Goals for: 28
Goals against: 27

*Man City won two penalty shootouts against Liverpool

Tottenham

Played: 15
Won: 9
Drawn: 5
Lost: 1

Goals for: 25
Goals against: 16

Manchester United

Played: 15
Won: 5
Drawn: 7
Lost: 3

Goals for: 22
Goals against: 12

Overall

Played: 82
Won: 36
Drawn: 33
Lost: 13

Goals for: 146
Goals against: 98

Win rate: 43.9%
Loss rate: 15.8%
Goals per game: 1.78
Goals conceded per game: 1.19


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