Liverpool worse under Jurgen Klopp than Brendan Rodgers

The German manager saw his side lose a Premier League match for the third time since he took over at Anfield when they were beaten by Watford

Simon Rice
Sunday 20 December 2015 18:16
Jurgen Klopp watches his Liverpool side at Watford
Jurgen Klopp watches his Liverpool side at Watford

Liverpool have been worse under Jurgen Klopp than his predecessor Brendan Rodgers.

The enigmatic German watched his side lose 3-0 to newly-promoted Watford on Sunday, the third Premier League defeat his side have suffered since his arrival which was supposed to signal the return of the good times at Anfield.

Instead, Klopp has overseen a worse set of results that those that led to Rodgers being given the sack.

In Rodgers' eight Premier League games in charge this season, he won three, drew three and lost two - a win percentage of 37.5 per cent. In contrast, Klopp has overseen nine games, winning and drawing the same number as Rodgers, but losing an extra game. It means he has a win percentage of 33.3 per cent.

In terms of points, they have both added 12 points to Liverpool's tally of 24 for the season. However, Klopp has had an extra game. That equates to 1.5 points per game under Rodgers, but 1.33 under Klopp.

Speaking after the defeat at Watford, Klopp said: "It was a bad start to the game. It was 1-0 and our reaction was really bad

"We didn't play well in the first half. The start of the second half was absolutely OK. If we scored one goal everybody knows the game is open again, but we couldn't do that and we have to accept this high, high defeat."

Liverpool's next match is against top of the table Leicester

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