Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez and Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp gesture on the touchline. St James' Park, May 2019.

Comparing Klopp’s record after 350 Liverpool games with Benitez’s

Jurgen Klopp has now taken charge of the same amount of Liverpool games as Rafa Benitez – but how do the two compare?

Benitez joined Liverpool in 2004 and made an immediate impact at Anfield but was sacked in 2010 after a disappointing campaign saw them finish in seventh place in the Premier League.

Klopp was appointed in October 2015 and made some steady progress before eventually turning Liverpool into one of the best sides in the world.

We’ve compared their 350 games in charge of the Reds to see who comes out on top.

As the stats show, Klopp averages more points per game, has a better win rate and has lost fewer Liverpool games than the Spaniard.

Unsurprisingly, Benitez’s Liverpool side averaged fewer goals per game than Klopp’s Reds and they also conceded fewer goals per game.

Both managers won the Champions League and UEFA Super Cup but Klopp’s Premier League title and FIFA Club World Cup is a clear upgrade on Benitez’s FA Cup and Community Shield.

Jurgen Klopp

Games: 350
Won: 210
Drawn: 81
Lost: 59

Goals for: 727
Goals against: 352

Points per game: 2.03
Win rate: 60%
Loss rate: 16.8%

Goals per game: 2.07
Goals against per game: 1.01

Trophies won: 4 (Premier League, Champions League, UEFA Super Cup, FIFA Club World Cup)

Rafa Benitez

Games: 350
Won: 194
Drawn: 77
Lost: 79

Goals for: 585
Goals against: 302

Points per game: 1.88
Win rate: 55.4%
Loss rate: 22.5%

Goals per game: 1.67
Goals against per game: 0.86

Trophies won: 4 (Champions League, UEFA Super Cup, FA Cup, Community Shield)

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