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Ranking the Top 10 Best Liverpool F.C. managers ever

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Who is Liverpool’s best manager ever? Bob Paisley is the most successful Liverpool manager, with six Football League titles, six Charity Shields, three Football League Cups, three European Cups, one UEFA Super Cup, and one UEFA Cup in his nine-year reign.

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Ten Greatest Liverpool Managers Of All Time

NaijNaira now takes a look at each manager during their time in the Liverpool hot seat and ranks them to the best.

10. Roy Evans

Evans took over from Graeme Souness as manager of Liverpool in 1994. His first season at the club did not end quite well as the team finished eighth in the league but they managed to finish fourth the following season and win the EFL Cup defeating Bolton Wanderers 2-1 in the final.

In his third season in charge, Liverpool took third place in the league and finished as runners-up in the FA Cup after losing 1-0 to Manchester United in the final.

The Englishman had a win percentage of 51.8 % in his time at the club.

9. David Ashworth

Ashworth spent four years at Liverpool from 1919 to 1923. He led the team to a fourth-place finish in his first full season in charge and guided them to a league title in his second full season in charge at Anfield.

David managed a total of 139 matches winning 70, drawing 40, and losing 29. He had a win percentage of 50.4%.

8. Tom Watson

Watson was the manager of Liverpool from 1896 to 1915. He is the club’s longest-serving manager having stayed there for 19 years winning three trophies including two Football League First Division titles and one Football League Second Division title.

Tom managed a total of 742 games and had a win percentage of 44.3%.

7. Joe Fagan

Fagan was the coach of Liverpool for two years from 1983 to 1985. He won a treble in his first season in charge including the European Cup, the Football League First Division title, and the EFL Cup.

His second season at the club was trophyless though as the team finished second in the league and reached the final of the European Cup which they lost 1-0 to Juventus.

The Englishman had a win percentage of 54.2% in 131 games that he managed.

6. Gérard Houllier

Houllier was the manager of Liverpool from 1998 to 2004. He won his first trophy as manager of Liverpool in 2001 as his side triumphed in the EFL Cup, FA Cup, UEFA Cup, FA Charity Shield, and UEFA Super Cup.

The Frenchman also won the EFL Cup in the 2002-03 season and finished fifth in the league that season. He managed a total of 307 games with a win percentage of 52.1%.

5. Rafael Benítez

Benítez joined Liverpool as their head coach from Valencia in 2004 and stayed there till 2010 when he left the club by mutual consent after a long run of poor results.

He had instant success when he arrived at the club winning the UEFA Champions League in his first season in charge.

The Spaniard also won trophies like the FA Cup, the FA Community Shield, and the UEFA Super Cup.

His best finish in the league was in the 2008-09 season when the team finished second behind champions Manchester United.

The former Parla defender had a win percentage of 55.4% in 350 games as the coach of The Reds.

4. Bill Shankly

Shankly was appointed as the manager of Liverpool in 1959 after the departure of Phil Taylor from the club.

He is the second longest-serving manager in the history of Liverpool having stayed at the club for 15 years from 1959 to 1974.

The former Scotland international won a total of 11 trophies in his spell at Liverpool including three Football League First Division titles, one Football League Second Division title, two FA Cups, three FA Charity Shields, and one UEFA Cup.

He managed a total of 783 games (a record) winning 407, drawing 198, and losing 178. He also had a win percentage of 51.98%.

3. Kenny Dalglish

Dalglish was Liverpool’s manager from 1985 to 1991 (first spell) and from 2011 to 2012 (second spell). In his first season as manager, he won the Football League First Division and the FA Cup.

He went on to win eight more titles including two more Football League First Division titles, one more FA Cup, four FA Charity Shields, and one Football League Super Cup in the remaining years of his first spell at the club.

He returned to the club in January 2011 and guided them to an EFL Cup trophy in his second and final season.

The 102-capped former Scotland international also led them to the FA Cup final which they lost 2-1 to rivals Chelsea that same season.

He had a win percentage of 60.9% in his first spell and 47.3% in his second spell.

2. Bob Paisley

Paisley managed Liverpool for nine years from 1974 to 1983. He is the most successful manager in the club’s history with 20 trophies to his name including six League Championships, three European Cups, one UEFA Cup, and three League Cups.

The Englishman is one of the greatest managers in the history of Liverpool. The Reds never finished lower than runners-up in the league with Paisley as manager except in the 1980-81 season when they finished fifth in the league.

He managed a total of 535 games winning 308, drawing 131, and losing 96. He also had a win percentage of 57.6%.

1. Jürgen Klopp

Liverpool F.C. managers Jürgen Klopp

Klopp was appointed as the manager of Liverpool in 2015 and has proven himself to be not just one of the greatest managers in the club but one of the greatest managers in the sport.

In his first season, the German reached the Europa League final which his side lost 3-1 to Sevilla, and the EFL Cup final which his side also lost to Manchester City 3-1 on penalties.

He guided them to a Champions League title, UEFA Super Cup, and FIFA Club World Cup in 2019 and the Premier League title the following year.

In his seventh season in charge, he reached the Champions League, FA Cup, and EFL Cup finals.

He failed to win the Champions League as his side lost 1-0 to Real Madrid but won both the FA Cup and EFL Cup.

He has managed a total of 401 games so far winning 250, drawing 81, and losing 70. He currently has a win percentage of 62.3% (the best among all Liverpool managers ever).

This article was updated 3 months ago

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