Thursday, May 26

The FA Cup: The title Klopp is missing to complete his collection at Liverpool

Liverpool have won 49 majors trophies including 19 Premier League titles, seven FA Cups, nine Carabao Cups, six Champions League trophies, three UEFA Cups, four European Super Cups and one Club World Cup.

Jurgen Klopp has celebrated five of those 49 trophies and should Liverpool beat Chelsea on Saturday at Wembley, he will win his first FA Cup with the Reds.

“Please give us time to do the work but when I sit here in four years, I think we may have one title,” Klopp joked upon his arrival in 2015.

“If not maybe [I’ll win] the next one in Switzerland.”

It took the German tactician three years, eight months and three failed attempts in finals to win his first trophy with Liverpool when they beat Tottenham Hotspur to clinch the Champions League in Madrid back in 2019.

First FA Cup final

Klopp had never reached the FA Cup final before. This year, Liverpool made it to the Carabao Cup, FA Cup and Champions League finals, with the German coach stressing that his players are desperate to lift the trophy at Wembley.

“We’ve always given our all to arrive to the final we just didn’t make it for different reasons,” Klopp said ahead of the final.

“What is clear when you start a journey, you can’t have it all. We didn’t have the squad to go for it all, we had to make changes. Everybody makes changes during the FA Cup and Carabao Cup campaigns.

“We’re really desperate to win it.”

Best winning average

The FA Cup and the Community Shield are the only two titles Klopp has yet to win with Liverpool. He led the Reds to European glory in 2019 and one year later his team clinched the Premier League for the first time in 30 years.

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That year, Liverpool also won the European Super Cup and the Club World Cup, with the Reds clinching the Carabao Cup this season after beating Chelsea on penalties.

“We have improved our opportunities obviously with different things, with the players we brought in and to work together for a while of course with more experience,” Klopp said back in 2019.

“I really think our desire is immense. It’s big, it’s massive to win more trophies. If it’s greed, I don’t know, but yeah. Who cares?”

Only Bob Paisley (20 titles), Bill Shankly (11), Kenny Dalglish (10) and Gerard Houllier (six) have won more titles at Anfield than Klopp, who has the best winning average per game (61.53%).

“[Klopp] gets the people, he gets the fans,” former Liverpool goalkeeper Bruce Grobbelaar told Stats Perform News.

“He’s Shankly reincarnated in a German body. That’s how good he is, because he gets the fans so easily.”

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