When Jurgen Klopp leads Liverpool in the FA Cup final against Chelsea, the Reds boss will be aiming to add to the haul of trophies he has won since arriving at Anfield in October 2015.
The former Borussia Dortmund coach has secured silverware five times during his time in England, and Liverpool are locked in a Premier League title race with Manchester City ahead of the final two games of the top-flight season.
Liverpool could seal a spectacular quadruple, although that would require beating Chelsea, overhauling City, and beating Real Madrid in the Champions League final in Paris on May 28.
How have Liverpool fared in the FA Cup under Klopp? The Sporting News surveys his track record.
What trophies has Jurgen Klopp won at Liverpool?
A former manager of the year in Germany, Klopp won the Bundesliga twice during his tenure at Dortmund, as well as the DFB-Pokal once and the DFL-Supercup on two occasions.
He took over a Liverpool club that had fallen on hard times and he needed three years to turn them into trophy contenders again, earning his first reward at the end of the 2018-19 season.
A 2-0 win over Tottenham landed Liverpool in the Champions League that year, and they went on to win the UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup in 2019.
A 30-year wait for the top-flight English title ended in 2020 as Liverpool romped to the Premier League’s top spot, and they added the League Cup three months ago, beating Chelsea on penalties following a hard-fought goalless draw.
What is Jurgen Klopp’s FA Cup record?
|Season||Stage Reached||Eliminated By||Score|
|2015-16||4th Rd (Rd of 32)||West Ham||2-1 (a.e.t.)|
|2016-17||4th Rd (Rd of 32)||Wolves||2-1|
|2017-18||4th Rd (Rd of 32)||West Brom||3-2|
|2018-19||3rd Rd (Rd of 64)||Wolves||2-1|
|2019-20||5th Rd (Rd of 16)||Chelsea||2-0|
|2020-21||4th Rd (Rd of 32)||Man United||3-2|
Starting with a 2-2 draw at lower-division side Exeter City in 2015-16, Klopp’s exploits in the FA Cup have not tended to match his success in other competitions.
Liverpool beat their lowly opponents in a replay at Anfield, but they were knocked out by West Ham in the fourth round after their clash with the Hammers also went to a replay.
Wolves eliminated Liverpool in the fourth round of the 2016-17 season and the third round of the 2018-19 season. In between, West Brom won at Anfield to end Liverpool’s hopes in 2017-18.
Even in their glorious season of 2019-20, Liverpool lost 2-0 at Chelsea in the fifth round of the FA Cup. Their run to the final this season will have helped to ease the painful memory of being beaten by rivals Manchester United at Old Trafford in the fourth round last term (2020-21).
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) May 12, 2022
Has Jurgen Klopp ever won the FA Cup?
By the standards of their hugely successful manager, Liverpool’s overall record in the FA Cup had been poor until this season.
Liverpool had won six, lost six and drawn four of their games under Klopp in the competition before the five-match winning run that has taken them to the 2022 final.
Perhaps that sequence, which included a thrilling 3-2 win over Manchester City at Wembley in the semifinals, owes something to a desire on Klopp’s part to finally add the FA Cup to his honours.
Third in the Premier League, Chelsea will be no pushovers — and they will want to avenge their agonising League Cup final defeat in February, which was decided when goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga, brought on for the shootout, missed the decisive spot kick.
The 22nd penalty that was missed by Kepa Arrizabalaga after being subbed on for the shoot-out in the Carabao Cup final! 😨👇pic.twitter.com/9qBFUxHWnd
— Sky Sports (@SkySports) February 27, 2022
What is Liverpool’s record in the FA Cup?
Before Klopp joined the club, the FA Cup was arguably the trophy Liverpool were best-placed to win each season amid few convincing attempts to challenge for the Premier League.
Only four teams have won the FA Cup more often than Liverpool, with the first of their seven triumphs coming when they beat Leeds United 2-1 after extra time in the 1965 showpiece.
Since then, Liverpool have won the trophy in every decade except the 2010s, most recently beating West Ham in the 2006 final at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium.
The club last reached the FA Cup final in 2011-12, losing 2-1 to Chelsea at Wembley. All the more incentive, then, for Klopp to win the trophy for the first time when the teams meet again this time around.