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Five managers to reach 100 Premier League wins the fastest

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp set a new record during his side’s impressive 5-2 Merseyside derby thrashing of Everton at Anfield, the German registering his 100th win in the Premier League since arriving in English football just over four years ago.

Klopp achieved the feat in just 159 top-flight fixtures, but how does that compare to some of the managerial greats from throughout the Premier League era?

Here are the five fastest managers to reach 100 Premier League victories…

Rafael Benitez – 181 games

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The Spaniard would arrive at Liverpool with a big reputation in 2004, having previously guided Valencia to two La Liga titles during a trophy-laden spell in his homeland.

Benitez would instantly endear himself to the club’s supporters by winning the Champions League in his debut season on Merseyside, though a succession of top-four finishes during his six-year spell at Anfield would see him swiftly rack up the victories.

It would take Benitez 181 games to reach the 100 win landmark, later continuing to add to his list of wins during spells at Chelsea and Newcastle United.

Arsene Wenger – 179 games

Slightly ahead of Benitez is former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, who would build a 22-year dynasty at the North London club, which would deliver a host of silverware and memorable moments.

The Frenchman was a virtual unknown when arriving from Japanese football to replace Bruce Rioch in the mid-nineties, though his innovative methods soon transformed the club’s fortunes.

Those sceptical of his appointment would soon have their opinions changed, Wenger racking up 100 victories in just 179 games, winning three league titles and seven FA Cups during his lengthy career at the club before stepping down from his position in 2018.

Sir Alex Ferguson – 162 games

The most successful manager in Premier League history unsurprisingly features highly on this list, Ferguson taking charge of the Manchester United side that would win four of the first six league titles following the competition’s rebranding in 1992, finishing as runners-up on the other two occasions.

That record would see Ferguson reach 100 wins in just 162 games, the third fastest of any manager in the division’s history.

Ferguson would continue to develop and reinvent his winning machine at Old Trafford throughout his 26-year stay at the club, establishing United as the most successful side in English football history after winning 13 league titles, moving the club ahead of arch-rivals Liverpool onto 20 top flight championships.

Jurgen Klopp – 159 games

Klopp’s victory in this week’s Merseyside derby means he has reached 100 Premier League wins in the second quickest time in history, the German having transformed Liverpool into one of European football’s leading sides over the past few seasons.

Whilst yet to taste the ultimate success, Klopp delivered the club’s highest ever points total last season, losing just once as Liverpool finished as runners-up to Manchester City with a record 97 points.

The club have continued that momentum into the new campaign and currently sit eight points clear at the top of the division, Liverpool currently on a run of 32 league fixtures without defeat.

Jose Mourinho – 142 games

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The self-proclaimed ‘Special One’ would prove just that during a memorable first spell at Chelsea, swaggering into English football and winning back-to-back league titles following the lavish spending of owner Roman Abramovich at Stamford Bridge.

Mourinho would become the most successful manager in the club’s history before departing in 2007, though he would return for a second spell and continue to rack up wins.

No manager in the league’s history has ever reached 100 wins quicker than the Portuguese tactician, the three-time title winner sitting comfortably clear at present, though a certain Pep Guardiola needs just three wins from his next 13 fixtures to take his crown…

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