Top 5 African Footballers to Play Under Liverpool Boss Jurgen Klopp

Top 5 African Footballers to Play Under Liverpool Boss Jurgen Klopp

Edwin Kiplagat
May 17, 2024 at 4:28 PM
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  • Jurgen Klopp's time at Liverpool comes to an end on Sunday
  • The German coach transformed the club and brought success
  • He also coaches some of Africa's greatest-ever footballers

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Jurgen Klopp will coach his last Liverpool game on Sunday after nine hugely successful seasons.

Since his appointment in 2015, the German transformed the club from mediocrity to a winning machine.

During his time at Anfield, Klopp coached some of the best players in the world, but his best players at the club were, without a doubt, from Africa.

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Jurgen Klopp chating to former Liverpool star, Sadio Mane. Photo by Andrew Powell.
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Before joining Liverpool, Klopp had made his name in his native country, where he coached Mainz and Borussia Dortmund.

He made Dortmund a powerhouse in Europe and even took them to the final of the 2013 Champions League, where they lost to bitter rivals, Bayern Munich.

At Liverpool, he made the Reds play entertaining football, which helped them win their first Premier League (2020) title. That season, they set many records, and it is a shame fans weren't in the stadium to celebrate with.

Throughout his tenure, he signed many talented players. Some became cult heroes, while others left a mark that the Kop will always cherish.

As he departs Liverpool, Sports Brief looks at the best Africans to play under his tutelage.

Top 5 Africans to play for Klopp

5. Mohamed Zidan

The Egyptian played under Klopp at Mainz and Dortmund and won two Bundesliga titles. He played 118 games under the German tactician and scored 28 goals.

Injuries limited his playing time, but he made a difference every time he was on the pitch. Moreover, he was part of the Egyptian side that won the Africa Cup of Nations in 2008 and 2010.

4. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

The Gabonese arrived at Dortmund in 2013 and played under Klopp for two seasons (2013/14 and 2014/15). The German coach left the club in June 2015. The former Arsenal striker played 94 games under Klopp, scored 41 goals, and provided 16 assists.

The Marseille star won two German Super Cups under the 56-year-old. Aubamyeng left the Black and Yellows in 2018 to join the Gunners.

3. Joel Matip

The towering centre-back will also leave the club at the end of the season. He joined Liverpool for free in 2016 and quickly became a crucial piece in the Klopp dynasty. The Cameroonian played 201 games under the former Mainz manager, and despite constant injury issues, he played a part in a successful era at the club.

2. Sadio Mane

The Senegalese played six seasons under Klopp at Liverpool and brought countless memories to their fans. In all his six seasons at the club, he scored 111 Premier League goals. He left in 2022 with Premier League and Champions League medals.

The 32-year-old played 269 games under Klopp and scored 121 goals. Only Mohamed Salah has more goals in the English top flight among African players.

1. Mohamed Salah

Before finding a home at Anfield, Salah had played in Switzerland, Italy, and Chelsea. His spell at London was unsuccessful. Klopp unlocked the Egyptian potential in his first season, breaking the record for the most goals in a 38-season Premier League season.

Since his Liverpool debut under Klopp, Salah scored in double digits and became the leading African scorer in the English top scorer. He has played 348 games under the German and, scored 211 goals, and provided 89 assists.

He also won a Champions League and Premier League titles. He is arguably the best player to play under Klopp. He formed an electric partnership with Mane.

Honourable mentions: Naby Keita, Kevin-Prince Boateng, Kolo Toure,

All stats courtesy of Transfermarkt.

Klopp on his final game

Sports Brief earlier reported on Klopp saying it will be difficult to say goodbye on Sunday when he coaches his last Liverpool game.

He said this has been the most intense week, and it will hurt when he says goodbye to the fans after their match against Wolves.

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Edwin Kiplagat has five years of experience in journalism working as a Sports Editor at Africa Insight Communications and ESPN. Edwin Kiplagat is a Bachelor's Degree holder in journalism from the Multimedia University of Kenya.