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How Jurgen Klopp has set the brand-new goal standard as Liverpool manager



The German leads Kenny Dalglish and Bob Paisley in the currency that matters
Jurgen Klopp is rewriting the record books with the goal rush he’s masterminding at Liverpool.
The Liverpool took their tally for the season to 103 in 40 matches following an emphatic 4-1 win over West Ham at Anfield.
Stats provided by Gudmundur Magnusson and his website display that on goals per game basis this is the second-highest scoring season in Liverpool’s history and the best since 1895/96.

Klopp’s men are netting at a rate of 2.58 per match which is now higher than Rodgers’ title challengers season in 2013-14 (2.56 per game).
Fourth in the club’s all-time list is 1961-62 when Bill Shankly’s team scored 105 goals in 47 games (2.23 per game) en route to winning the Second Division trophy.

Evaluating the reign of every Liverpool’s boss since Bill Shankly, Jurgen Klopp is the only manager who averages more than two goals per match.Since the German took over in October 2015, Liverpool have netted 282 in 139 matches (2.03 per game).

That puts him ahead of Graeme Souness (1.58), Roy Evans (1.66), Rafa Benitez (1.67), Shankly (1.67), Gerard Houllier (1.68), Joe Fagan (1.72), Brendan Rodgers (1.77), Bob Paisley (1.79) and Kenny Dalglish (1.92).

Liverpool have 10 Premier League matches left this term and at least three more in the Champions League after their 5-0 first-leg thrashing of FC Porto.

If they keep their current scoring rate over those 13 matches, they will finish with 136 goals. That would represent the club’s second-highest scoring season ever.

If they reach the Champions League final, they will have another 16 games to play, and that would make beating the record tally of 138 from 1985-86 a realistic proposition.

Liverpool have had 180 shots on target in 28 Premier League matches this season (6.4 per game). That increases to 8.4 shots on goal per match in the Champions League.

Only once in the past decade have the Reds tested Premier League keepers to a greater extent – 2013-14 when they had 258 shots on target at a rate of 6.8 per game.

No wonder Sky Sports and BT Sport have snapped up all of Liverpool’s Premier League matches for coverage in April.
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