Liverpool may have enjoyed some fantastic results in European competition in recent years, but in domestic competitions, Jurgen Klopp has struggled.
In fact, during his time at Liverpool, Klopp has never made it past the fourth round of the FA Cup.
Following Liverpool’s disappointing defeat to Wolves on Monday, Klopp was once again ejected from the competition during its early stages. His record is not much better in the League Cup, either.
Klopp has taken his side to the final in the competition once, but has been knocked out at the first time of asking in two of the last three years. And considering the last time the Reds won the FA Cup was in 2005/06, and the League Cup 2011/12, it’s surprising to see them continue to fail on the domestic stage.
Here’s a look at every time they’ve been eliminated from a domestic cup under the German.
8. FA Cup, 2015/16: Upset at Upton Park
Klopp’s first domestic exit came in the fourth round of the 2015/16 FA Cup.
A third round tie against Exeter City should have been a walk in the park, but Liverpool required a replay after they managed a 2-2 draw away in Devon. A replayed at Anfield saw them win 3-0 and draw West Ham in the fourth round.
Once again, a disappointing first game ended 0-0. A replay followed as Liverpool went to Upton Park, but a 121st minute winner from Angelo Ogbonna sent Liverpool crashing out.
The Hammers made it to the sixth round that year, where they lost to eventual winners Manchester United.
7. League Cup 2015/16: Wembley Disappointment
Just four months after his arrival, Klopp had his first chance to taste silverware at Liverpool.
A League Cup final meeting with Manchester City beckoned at Wembley, and after the Reds had beat City 4-1 in the Premier League just a month prior, many chose the Anfield side as favourites.
However, only Philippe Coutinho managed to get on the scoresheet in regulation time as the game ended 1-1. With penalties looming, three Liverpool players missed the target to gift the trophy to their Manchester neighbours.
6. FA Cup 2016/17: Mauled by Wolves, Chapter 1
Liverpool struggled with lower tier opposition the following year in the FA Cup.
Plymouth Argyle this time stood in their way, and once again a side from Devon reduced Liverpool to a draw. Liverpool won the replay 1-0, and drew Wolves in the fourth round.
A home draw did not help the Reds though, as two first half goals sealed their fate against the then Championship outfit – despite a late consolation from Divock Origi.
5. League Cup 2016/17: Saints March in to Wembley…via Anfield
However, two 1-0 losses to Southampton saw the Reds exit the competition.
Even Shane Long managed to score the winner late on in the second leg to settle the tie. That’s as bad as it gets.
4. League Cup 2017/18: Foxes Win & Ox Gets Embarrassed
Well, the less said about this one the better.
A spirited Leicester overcame Liverpool at the King Power Stadium 2-0 to swiftly end Klopp’s fifth attempt at domestic competition. Goals from Shinji Okazaki and Islam Slimani were enough as the Reds slumped to a third round exit.
The game was also notable for an expensive Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s shocking pass which went straight out of play.
Leicester went on to lose to Manchester City on penalties in the quarter finals.
3. FA Cup 2017/18: From Jubilation to Disappointment
As the FA Cup third round draw was announced, there was one game that was on everyone’s lips. The Merseyside derby, Liverpool vs Everton. A Classic.
It was Virgil van Dijk’s first game in a Liverpool shirt, and the Dutchman scored a late winner. The Reds edged past Everton 2-1 to secure a fourth round tie against West Brom.
However, for all the excitement of beating your rivals, you have to continue the momentum. West Brom had other ideas. A Jay Rodriguez double saw the Baggies win 3-2 at Anfield, and once again Klopp’s cup run was cut short by an underdog.
2. League Cup 2018/19: Eden Hazard. That Is All.
Once again, the third round was the beginning and the end for Liverpool in the League Cup this season.
A tough draw against Chelsea came all too soon. The Reds crashed to a fourth successive failure in the competition under Klopp, after an absolute wonder goal from Eden Hazard. Chelsea won the tie 2-1.
They have since gone on to the semi-finals of the competition, where they need to overturn a 1-0 first leg deficit against Tottenham on January 22.
1. FA Cup 2018/19: Mauled by Wolves, Chapter 2
Most recently, it was deja vu as Liverpool were drawn against Wolves again – the team who knocked them out of the competition in the fourth round just two years prior.
It was an away draw this time as Liverpool travelled to Molineux, but the result was similar. A gamble from Klopp to play a young team backfired, and Liverpool once again exited the Cup at its earliest stage.
In domestic competitions in England, it’s eight times Klopp has tried, and eight times he has failed.