The 8 times a Liverpool player has been sent off under Jurgen Klopp

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Liverpool's Andy Robertson is shown a red card by referee Paul Tierney during the match against Tottenham Hotspur, The Tottenham Hotspur stadium, 20 December 2021

In 343 matches as Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp has seen one of his players sent off just eight times.

That means Liverpool fans often only have to see one red card a season, with red cards coming at a rate of one every 42.88 games.

But at the weekend Andy Robertson saw red for a challenge on Emerson Royal, the first time the Reds have had a player sent off in 113 matches.

Here’s a breakdown of all the times that a player in Klopp’s Liverpool team has been sent for an early bath.

Robertson v Spurs – December 2021

The most recent red, Robertson was sent off during Liverpool’s Premier League match with Spurs, which finished 2-2.

He let fly with a sweeping kick across Emerson’s body which would have been deemed a brilliant tackle if he had won the ball… but he didn’t and instead took out the Spurs wing-back and was sent for an early bath after a VAR review.

Funnily enough, Harry Kane probably should have been sent off for a tackle on Robertson earlier in the match, but VAR decided it against it. Either way, Robertson was certainly deserving of his marching orders.

Alisson v Brighton – November 2019

Finding himself outside of his box with Brighton attackers closing in on him, Liverpool’s usually reliable goalkeeper Alisson Becker found himself stuck between a rock and a hard place.

He was late to make a decision, turning to head back to goal before changing his mind at the last minute and attempting to block Leandro Trossard’s lob. Instead, he saved it with his hands outside of the box, resulting in an instant red.

James Milner v Crystal Palace – January 2019

For two separate challenges on Wilfried Zaha, James Milner was sent off for a second yellow card against Palace in a 4-3 thriller at Anfield.

Zaha simply had too much for the makeshift full-back and Milner rightly got two yellows, both times stretching to tackle the Palace talisman who was able to evade the challenges and win the foul.

He was thankful to avoid a similar fate earlier this season when he should have got a second yellow for a challenge on Bernado Silva when City came to Anfield.

Jordan Henderson v Watford- November 2018

In another second-yellow-card incident, Henderson was sent off against Watford with Liverpool 2-0 up on Watford.

It was the culmination of several fouls, with the Liverpool captain having been warned plenty of times about the fact he was on thin ice after his first yellow.

When Etienne Capoue had beaten the Liverpool man and was running past him, Henderson took him out and was sent to the dressing room.

Joe Gomez v Sevilla – September 2017

Fresh-faced at 20 years old, Gomez was yet another on this list to fall victim to a second yellow card when he caught a Sevilla player in injury time during a 2-2 Champions League thriller.

It was a sloppy, unnecessary challenge and sent the young English centre-back to the showers.

Liverpool would go on to reach the Champions League final that season and win it the next, with Gomez becoming a first-team regular.

After a bad injury, Gomez has struggled with Liverpool, having significant competition at centre-back, with rumours afoot about a move to Steven Gerrard’s Aston Villa.

Sadio Mane v Manchester City – September 2017

Four days prior to Gomez’s red, Mane had been sent off early in an embarrassing day for Liverpool as they slumped to a 5-0 loss against City.

Mane chased a long ball over the top, with Ederson rushing out to meet him. Mane went up to meet the ball with his feet, colliding with Ederson instead and kicking him in the head just outside the box.

He was sent off and the decision caused huge debate, with many saying since he was clearly going for the ball it should not be a red.

But such debate would probably not occur today, with that sort of decision almost always given as a red now.

Brad Smith v Swansea – May 2016

Australian Smith did not have an illustrious Liverpool career, making just a handful of appearances for the Reds.

On his second ever league start he saw red and Liverpool lost 3-1, but the worst thing about that match? The referee opted to use a circular red card rather than the normal one. Apparently, you can use them to distinguish between the two cards.

James Milner v Crystal Palace – March 2016

Yes, Milner is the only player to appear twice on this list and on both occasions it was against Crystal Palace.

It gets worse because once again he was sent off for fouling Zaha, once again a late challenge earning him his second yellow.

Oh, and Christian Benteke scored a stoppage-time winner for the Merseyside club against his future team. Football has a funny way of coming around full circle.


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