The Liverpool FC boss is some way off being the best with his replacements according to a study
When it comes to substitutions, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp helps secure 10 points fewer than the Premier League leaders over a season according to statistics from bwin.
Klopp’s use of his bench has been criticised recently and the latest figures show he needs to improve compared to the division’s elite.
The Premier League’s current 20 managers’ substitution trends have been put under the microscope and Klopp’s changes have earned him an extra 4.2 points per season based on a 38-game campaign or 0.11 points per match report the Liverpool Echo.
Such results put the Reds boss 12th in the table – sandwiched between Argentinian duo Mauricio Pochettino of Tottenham Hotspur (4.5 points) and Southampton ’s Mauricio Pellegrino (2.8 points).
Leading the way is Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola whose changes have secured an extra 14.5 points per game with Chelsea ’s Antonio Conte second (13.5), Jose Mourinho of Manchester United third (12) and Arsenal ’s Arsene Wenger fourth (10.6).
The only two managers to have a negative impact from the bench are Leicester City’s Craig Shakespeare in 20th (-9.5) and Klopp’s pal David Wagner of Huddersfield Town who is 19th on (-5.4).
The figures were calculated using all matches in Europe’s “big five” leagues (England, Spain, Germany, Italy, France) over the past decade so Klopp’s time at Borussia Dortmund also comes into play to give him a total of 309 matches.
Like all statistics, the numbers cannot be taken in isolation and a coach like Guardiola will have enjoyed the luxury of being able to bring on top quality players from the bench not just at current club City but in his previous positions at Bayern Munich and Barcelona – many of whom will have been high-priced internationals.
Also, a manager may have picked a strong starting XI and already secured the points before a substitution is made, so as long as he isn’t losing points after carrying out his switches then he is arguably doing his job although the fact that the top four consists of the current managers at the Etihad, Stamford Bridge, Old Trafford and the Emirates supports the previous theory of being able to call upon strength off the bench.
Overall, Klopp’s substitutions made things better 15.5% of times and worse on 11% of occasions.