In the eyes of former international Didi Hamann, Jürgen Klopp from Liverpool FC is the significantly better coach than Manchester City’s Pep Guardiola. The two coaches and their teams will face each other in the Premier League’s top game on Sunday.
“The way Liverpool players talk about their manager, they would run through walls for him. I’m not sure City players would do the same,” wrote the former Reds and Bayern player in a guest post for the Daily Mail.
In addition to Klopp, Hamann sees two other coaches in front of the Spanish coach. “I think Jose Mourinho and Carlo Ancelotti are more successful than Guardiola and I still don’t quite understand the hype surrounding him,” he said, explaining his statement as follows: “Mourinho has the championship in four different countries and the championship with two clubs won the Champions League while Ancelotti’s track record is second to none and will only get better if Real Madrid win La Liga.”
Hamann continued: “If you look at all the teams in Europe, in my opinion Liverpool is number one among them. And I wouldn’t trade this coach for anyone else. Not even with Guardiola.”
Hamann: This is where the difference between Klopp and Guardiola becomes clear
The qualities of the former BVB coach would also be reflected in the transfers made in recent years, according to Hamann: “When Klopp signed Diogo Jota last season, everyone doubted that he would make it into the team, but he became immediately integrated. It’s exactly the same with Luis Diaz.”
The newcomers from City, on the other hand, would find it much more difficult. “If you compare the Diaz case with that of Jack Grealish, the difference between the two managers becomes clear,” added Hamann, adding: “Typically players who move to the Premier League need six to eight weeks to adjust. Diaz came in and was hooked because the style suited him.” Unlike Diaz, Grealish has not yet integrated.
In the Premier League, City are still a point clear of Liverpool, who have won ten league games. The encounter increases at 5.30 p.m. (in the LIVETICKER).