2019 has of course been sensational for Liverpool Football Club and their manager Jurgen Klopp. The Reds won 3 titles in the year – the UEFA Champions League in June, the UEFA Super Cup in August and the FIFA Club World Cup In December.
They also ended the calendar year 14 points clear at the top of the Premier League, having enjoyed a near perfect record of only dropping two points all season.
No other club in Europe have enjoyed the same level of success in 2019 and Liverpool’s dominance over the domestic, continental and even global front is staggering.
Everyone seem to have run out of superlatives for the current Liverpool team and Jurgen Klopp. This is why we won’t be trying to use more words to prove this salient point. Instead, we will look at 6 particular amazing achievements of the German to show how awesome he really has been for Liverpool.
To put things slightly into context as well, Klopp’s achievements stand tall in a club steep in history. They are second only to United in terms of English league titles and have more European Cup / Champions League than Barcelona. They were of course, absolutely dominating English football from the late 70s to 1990.
Jurgen Klopp led Liverpool to the FIFA Club World Cup
Liverpool had never previously won this trophy before, including its previous rendition as the Intercontinental Cup. Quite simply put, this was the first time the club has ever been crowned the “World’s Best“.
In 1981, Liverpool participated in this competition for the first time under the legendary Bob Paisley and lost to Flamengo. They returned in 1984 under Joe Fagan but lost again Argentine side Independiente.
More recently, Liverpool lost to Sao Paulo in 2005 under Rafa Benitez.
Klopp’s achievements here helped Liverpool win their first unique trophy for the first time since 1981 (when they won the League Cup for the first time). In terms of major trophies, Liverpool now have six different ones.
Jurgen Klopp led Liverpool to 97 Premier League pts last season
Liverpool’s record for the 2018/19 season was 30W 7D 1L. We all know the Reds did not manage to win the title but the achievement is remarkable in every other sense.
Firstly, 97 points was the most number of points ever achieved by the club in its illustrious history, This mark was 7 more than that of the 90 pts achieved by the all dominating side of 1988 under Sir Kenny Dalglish (they won the title that year by 9pts).
This mark was also the third highest points tally by any side in the Premier League in its 27-year history. Only Man City have achieved more points twice, with 100pts in 2017/18 and 98pts in 2018/19. In other words, Klopp has managed more points over 38 games than the great Sir Alex Ferguson, Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho, at their respective peaks.
Klopp’s win rate at Liverpool is closing in on the best ever
Klopp’s current win rate (number wins over number of games) is closing in on the best ever in the club’s history. At time of writing, Klopp has won 145 of the 241 games in which he has presided over at the club – win rate of 60.17%. This win rate is currently third in the all time charts, behind William Edward Barclay and John McKenna (60.63%, 1892-1896) and Sir Kenny Dalglish (60.91%, 1985-1991). Klopp has a higher win rate than club legends Bill Shankly, Bob Paisley and Joe Fagan.
More importantly, Klopp is only 4 consecutive wins away from surpassing Dalglish in aspect. By all projections and matrices, there is little doubt that Klopp will sit top of the win rate chart by the end of this season, barring a spectacular collapse.
Liverpool won 17 consecutive league games under Klopp
Sandwiched between draws against Everton and Manchester United, Liverpool won 17 consecutive league games earlier in 2019. This is one shy of the Premier League record of 18 set by City but is the longest run in the club’s illustrious history.
At time of writing, Liverpool is already half way through that same streak, having won 11 league wins in a row. Another 7 wins from now will equal City’s record but Liverpool have to navigate past Jose Mourinho’s Spurs and Manchester United in the period.
Liverpool is undefeated in 37 league games under Klopp
Liverpool went a full year unbeaten in the Premier League and currently is on 37 games not out. This unbeaten run is the league’s third longest ever and 12 games shy of that set by Arsene Wenger’s Invincibles in 2003-04. Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea stayed unbeaten in 40 games in 2005-06.
This is, of course, a club record as well.
Klopp’s points per game average is 2.16
Under Klopp, Liverpool earned an average of 2.16 pts per game in the Premier League. This average is identical to Sir Alex Ferguson’s Premier League career with Manchester United. In the league’s history, only Pep Guardiola has a higher points average (2.37)
The Reds’ current run rate of the season is 2.85 pts per game.
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