Thomas Tuchel has been following in the mighty managerial footsteps of Jurgen Klopp for most of his own impressive career.
And, like the Anfield supremo, Tuchel, 47, who succeeded Klopp at Mainz and Borussia Dortmund, is considered one of Germany’s finest modern-day coaches.
However, as the new Chelsea chief joins Klopp on English shores, he accepts that matching his compatriot’s feats over here – let alone eclipsing them – is a massive task.
Not just on the pitch, where Klopp has conquered all by leading the Reds to their first title in 30 years, but also off it, where he has proved such an engaging character.
Yet Tuchel, sacked by Paris Saint-Germain on Christmas Eve after taking them to the Champions League final last summer, is determined to make a dent on Klopp’s reign as soon as possible.
Jurgen Klopp has tasted plenty of success while at Liverpool
He said: “It’s hard to be as successful – but we’ll try. Jurgen’s one of the very best and one of the most fascinating personalities out there.
“I’m not sure I should set that goal because he’s Jurgen. People love him, fans love him, his team loves him – and he has the results.
“Let’s try to make things a bit more complicated for him. We start now – to close the gap and take away a bit of his points and his reputation.”
That approach towards Chelsea’s bitter Merseyside rivals is, of course, only a step towards Tuchel’s ultimate goal.
The one outlined to him by Marina Granovskiaia, the club’s powerful director, when he succeeded sacked Frank Lampard last week.
Silverware is all that counts. Not any old silverware, either. It’s the Premier League and the Champions League. End of.
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