Jürgen Klopp's #UCL half century in numbers

UEFA.com celebrates Liverpool's charismatic coach as he brings up a UEFA Champions League half century.

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Liverpool's visit to Napoli wase Jürgen Klopp's 50th UEFA Champions League game, the latest milestone on a journey that began in September 2011 and has taken in two finals. UEFA.com analyses his stats over those 49 games.


• Klopp's first #UCL game was against Arsenal at the BVB Stadion Dortmund in September 2011, Ivan Perišić's 88th-minute goal earning a 1-1 draw for Borussia Dortmund. The Croatian is one of 12 players to have scored a solitary goal under Klopp (others include Shinji Kagawa, İlkay Gündoğan, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Emre Can).

• Worryingly for Liverpool fans ahead of facing the Partenopei, Klopp lost all three of his previous #UCL games in Italy, including a 2-1 loss with Dortmund at Napoli in September 2013. On a more positive note, Klopp is yet to lose a European game in October (W5 D1 in the #UCL; W6 D3 in all competitions).

• Although Liverpool played Hoffenheim in last season's play-offs, Klopp's only outing in the #UCL proper against opposition from own country came in the 2013 UEFA Champions League final, Dortmund losing 2-1 to Bayern München at Wembley.

Jürgen Klopp's headline figures

Team Played Won Drawn Lost Home record Away record Neutral record
Liverpool 15 8 4 3 W5 D2 L0 W3 D2 L2 L1
Dortmund 35 16 6 13 W11 D2 L4 W5 D4 L8 L1
Overall 50 24 10 16 W16 D4 L4 W8 D6 L10 L2

• Klopp's win percentage is higher with Liverpool (53%) than with Dortmund (45.7%).

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• The 51-year-old's Liverpool lost the 2018 final to Real Madrid in Kyiv, meaning his record against the 13-time European champions – the opponent he has faced most – reads: W3 D1 L3.

• Klopp is unbeaten against sides from Slovenia (W2), Turkey (W2), the Netherlands (W2), Portugal (W1 D1), Belgium (W1 D1) and Ukraine (W1 D1).

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Top UEFA Champions League goalscorers under Klopp

14: Robert Lewandowski
11: Marco Reus, Roberto Firmino
10: Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mané
5: Philippe Coutinho
4: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

• The Stuttgart native's longest unbeaten #UCL run is 11 games, achieved with Dortmund (2012/13) and matched with Liverpool (2017/18). Curiously, both streaks ended in the same way: after going the whole season without tasting defeat, both sides lost the semi-final second leg and then the final.

• With 102 in 49 games, Klopp's teams score an average of 2.08 goals per UEFA Champions League fixture.

• Two players have scored #UCL hat-tricks under Klopp: Lewandowski got four against Real Madrid in the 2012/13 semi-final first leg, while Coutinho got three against Spartak Moskva in the 2017/18 group stage.

• As illustrated in the table below, Klopp's sides are most dangerous between the 31st and 40th minutes of their #UCL games (15 goals), and have the happy knack of scoring late – 13 goals have come after the 86th minute.

When Klopp's sides have scored their goals in the UEFA Champions League

Time Number of goals (penalties)
1-10 13 (2)
11-20 7
21-30 12
31-40 15 (2)
41-half-time 6
46-55 9
56-65 12
66-75 8 (2)
76-85 7
86-full-time 13

NB: Klopp received a touchline ban for two UEFA Champions League games – a 3-0 win v Marseille and a 2-1 win v Arsenal in October 2013 – which are not included here.