Jurgen Klopp has revitalized Liverpool Football Club since he took charge in 2015. Under his leadership, the club has progressed from a team languishing in and around the Europa League venues to one of Europe’s best and most enduring players.
The Reds reached three finals in 2021-22 alone. Prior to the Champions League final against Real Madrid, they defeated Chelsea in the Carabao Cup Final (February 27) and the FA Cup Final (May 14), both via penalties after a goalless draw.
But the German coach did not have everything he could in the finals, as he once had even talk of “Klopp’s curse”, but his success with Liverpool helped him move away from such ratings.
On the heels of recent Cup victories, we look back at Klopp’s illustrious career and record in finals – good or bad as we analyze a career full of ups and downs.
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How many titles has Klopp won?
Klopp won 12 impressive trophies during his tenure at Mainz, Borussia Dortmund and Liverpool, including the Champions League.
In that time, he won eight finals to take straight titles.
|2019-20||Liverpool||clubs World Cup|
|2019-20||Liverpool||European Super Cup|
|2014-15||Borussia Dortmund||Super Cup|
|2013-14||Borussia Dortmund||Super Cup|
|2011-12||Borussia Dortmund||DFL Pokal Cup|
|2003-04||FSV Mainz 05||German League 2|
With Mainz, he won promotion to the Bundesliga again in 2004, then won back-to-back Bundesliga titles with Dortmund from 2010-2012.
He won his first Cup Final in 2012, adding the DFL-Pokal Cup to his group with a 5-2 victory over Bayern Munich. He then added the Super Cup in 2013 and 2014.
After a difficult string of finals where his performances in the big matches were openly called into question, Klopp finally broke through in 2019 with Liverpool as he clinched the club’s sixth European Cup, defeating Tottenham 2-0 in the final.
From this success, the Reds got the right to face Chelsea in the European Super Cup final, which they won on penalties. Then they headed to the FIFA Club World Cup by beating Flamengo 1-0 in extra time thanks to winner Roberto Firmino. Klopp helped bring in two Liverpool trophies that the club had never secured before.
What also followed was a first-ever Premier League title, as Liverpool dominated the 2019-20 season in an impressive campaign, achieving a historic treble of trophies.
In 2021-22 Klopp won his eleventh and twelfth title on penalties, in which he defeated Chelsea in the Carabao Cup and FA Cup finals. Both matches ended goalless, and while the first shootouts in February required goalkeepers to take kicks – it ended 11-10 with the Reds – the FA Cup penalty shootout ended 6-5 in favor of Liverpool.
How many finals did Klopp lose?
Despite his successes as a coach, Klopp had to deal with the heartbreak of losing six finals between 2013 and 2018.
In Dortmund, he reached the Champions League final at Wembley, where his team was lost by the last-minute winner of Arjen Robben who broke Dortmund’s hearts when they lost 2-1 to Bayern Munich.
It was Munich again who thwarted him in a final a year later, as the two teams faced off in the 2014 DFL-Pokal Final. Munich scored twice in extra time, with Bayern (and Robben) laughing last.
In Klopp’s final season in Dortmund, he again failed in the German Football League final, this time against Wolfsburg VFL. Despite going forward, they lost to goals by Luis Gustavo, Bas Dost and Kevin De Bruyne.
In his first season in English football, he faced Manchester City in the 2016 League Cup Final at Wembley. After 120 minutes ended 1-1, Willy Caballero was the hero as City won on penalties.
Next was a Europa League final heartbreak, as Liverpool’s ever-improving side were frustrated by Sevilla’s Europa League pundits. The Spanish team won the third title in a row as Daniel Sturridge canceled out the beautiful with three goals in the second half with Sevilla.
But the saddest moment of his career came at the hands of Real Madrid (and unfortunately his goalkeeper) against Madrid in the 2017-18 European Cup final, and his team lost 3-1 that night with the Spaniard. The side won the third consecutive Champions League.
However, the nature of the goals is what the game remembers. Goalkeeper Loris Karius threw the ball past Karim Benzema, who took advantage of the goalkeeper’s lack of concentration to open the scoring. After Sadio Mane equalized, it was Gareth Bale who scored one of the best goals ever in the Cup Final with his magical overhead kick, before scoring twice, this time from distance. But that shot had to be saved, with Karius wrong again.
At this time, during his dealings with Liverpool and in his first few seasons in England, the media – in both English and German – questioned Klopp’s record in the Silver Games, causing him to scoff in 2019, “I am probably currently the world record holder, At least the last seven years, in winning the semi-finals. But if I wrote a book about it, nobody would probably buy it.”