Jurgen Klopp has done an incredible job at Liverpool – but how does his start at the club compare to Sir Alex Ferguson’s final few years at Manchester United?
Ferguson built one of his greatest United sides in the late 2000s and bowed out on a high by winning his 13th Premier League title.
After deciding to retire in 2013, he believed Klopp would be a great manager to succeed him at Old Trafford, but the German wanted to stay at Borussia Dortmund.
“We spoke,” Klopp said in 2021. “We spoke not a lot but, for me, it was a lot. It was a big honour, the whole talk, to be honest. But I could not leave Dortmund.
“You are in April and you are in the middle of the planning for next season. You have this player and this player who are coming but then you are not there anymore? That doesn’t work. Not in my life.
“I didn’t hear about a real offer [from United] but, if there was, I could not have done it. I first had to finish the job with Dortmund and then think about other things. Maybe that is not smart but that is my way. It was the same at Mainz.”
Klopp then became Liverpool manager in October 2015 and has helped transform them into one of the best teams in the world.
We’ve taken a look at the stats to compare Klopp’s first seven seasons at Liverpool and Ferguson’s last seven seasons at United.
Goals for: 790
Goals against: 372
Points per game: 2.06
Win rate: 61.4%
Loss rate: 16.01%
Goals per game: 2.07
Goals against per game: 0.97
Total Premier League points: 556/774
Major finals: 7
Community Shield/Super Cup/Club World Cup finals: 4
Trophies won: 6 (Premier League, League Cup, FA Cup, Champions League, UEFA Super Cup, FIFA Club World Cup)
Sir Alex Ferguson
Goals for: 820
Goals against: 353
Points per game: 2.18
Win rate: 67.3%
Loss rate: 15.7%
Goals per game: 2.01
Goals against per game: 0.86
Total Premier League points: 609/798
Major finals: 6
Community Shield/Super Cup/Club World Cup finals: 7
Trophies won: 13 (Premier League x5, League Cup x2, Community Shield x4, Champions League, FIFA Club World Cup)