Comparing Klopp’s record at Liverpool to Kenny Dalglish’s legendary first stint

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Jurgen Klopp has now hit the landmark of 307 matches as Liverpool manager, the same number of games club legend Kenny Dalglish took charge of in his first spell in the Anfield dugout. 

Both men can sleep soundly knowing they have secured their status as club legends, with both bringing a host of trophies to Merseyside.

We’ve compared the stats of both manager’s spell over the same number of games to see who comes out on top…

Jurgen Klopp

Played: 307
Won: 183
Drawn: 64
Lost: 60

Top appearance maker: Roberto Firmino (274)
Top goalscorer: Mo Salah (119)

Trophies won: 4

Goals for: 622
Goals against: 315

Points per game: 2.00
Win rate: 59.6%
Loss rate: 19.5%

Goals per game: 2.03
Goals against per game: 1.03

READ: Revisiting Jurgen Klopp’s first 10 signings as Liverpool manager

Kenny Dalglish 

Played: 307
Won: 187
Drawn: 87
Lost: 42

Top appearance maker: Bruce Grobbelaar (250)
Top goalscorer: Ian Rush (118)

Trophies won: 9

Goals for: 732
Goals against: 332

Points per game: 2.08
Win rate: 60.9%
Loss rate: 19.5%

Goals per game: 2.38
Goals against per game: 1.08

As we can see from this, the pair have incredibly similar records, although the resilience of Dalglish’s side is clear for all to see, losing 18 fewer games than his German counterpart.

His side also found the net over 100 more times than Klopp, but Salah has outscored Ian Rush in the same period.

Klopp can also boast a slightly better defensive record, conceding 17 fewer times than the Scot.

But, what all managers are judged on is their trophy haul, and Dalglish remains the emphatic winner of that battle, for the time being anyway.


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