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Neville names Klopp as the Premier League manager he would most like to play under

By Steve Jennings

Published: 10:45, 16 April 2020

Gary Neville has named Jurgen Klopp as the manager he’d most like to play under because of Liverpool’s “competitive” and “adaptable” nature.

Klopp has earned recognition for being one of the world’s leading managers, often resulting in fan debates over who is the superior coach between him and Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola.

Is Klopp the Premier League’s best: Five things to know…

  • Liverpool won the Champions last season and look destined for Premier League success this term.
  • Klopp was named the best Men’s Coach at FIFA’s ‘The Best’ awards in 2019.
  • Pep Guardiola has won two Premier League titles to Klopp’s soon-to-be one.
  • However, Guardiola is yet to win the Champions League with Manchester City.
  • Neville has suggested Klopp’s varied style is personally more appealing to him.

The German led Liverpool to Champions League glory last year and looks set to win the Premier league title if and when the season resumes.

Guardiola has lifted successive Premier League trophies with Manchester City as well as winning the domestic treble last season, making the two men difficult to separate.

But when asked to pick the top-flight manager he’d most like to play under, Neville – who made over 600 appearances for Manchester United – went with Klopp.

“I’d probably say Jurgen Klopp,” Neville said during an appearance on Sky Sports’ The Football Show. “I just look at the way his teams play at this moment in time, they’re adaptable.

“They do play with possession but they also counter-attack, they’re also competitive. They’re not one-trick ponies and I think it just looks like he’s full of energy, full of belief, confidence, always feel like he wants to attack.

“But obviously there are other great managers in the Premier League – Pep Guardiola is one of the greatest managers of all time, but I just think Klopp is someone who would be great to play for.”

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Redknapp: Guardiola and Klopp “head and shoulders above everyone”

Jamie Redknapp said Guardiola might have matched his preferred style more, but claimed nobody comes close to either the City boss or Klopp.

He said: “There’s two managers that stand head and shoulders above everyone, that’s Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp in the Premier League right now.

“Personally I’d have been more suited to playing for Pep Guardiola. I think to play in Jurgen Klopp’s midfield, it’s not always about intricate passing.

“With Pep he wants his team to play, he wants to dominate the ball, and it would’ve just suited my style more.

“But I’d have liked to have played for either of them – the team talks, just the knowledge of working with them day-in, day-out.”

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