Two highly capable footballing minds will clash on Thursday night at Anfield; Jurgen Klopp will face Thomas Tuchel, with who he shares many parallels despite the two being very different at the same time.
The German coaches rose to prominence in their home country while in charge of Mainz 05, before gaining opportunities to really exhibit their ideas and challenge for silverware at Borussia Dortmund.
Tuchel was Klopp’s successor at BVB and although he took a detour of sorts having spent two years competing in Ligue 1 with Paris Saint Germain, he’s followed the path of his compatriot once more by moving to England.
The journey of the pair has been remarkably similar and in addition, the duo have demonstrated their managerial ability throughout by gaining admirers, accumulating trophies and securing seats at Europe’s elite table.
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A proactive and intense brand of football is not only preferred by both, it is demanded, with dominance generally established over most opponents on a regular basis by Klopp and Tuchel sides.
However, that is where many of the general similarities end, and it is where the differences begin to emerge.
The two figures go about achieving their objectives in contrasting ways on and off the pitch, with Tuchel appearing a lot more confrontational and unforgiving than his Liverpool rival across many departments.
Chelsea head coach Thomas Tuchel
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He regularly makes early substitutions on the back of unacceptable performances, while also singling out individuals for the aspects that have to improve.
Callum Hudson-Odoi’s recent substitution against Southampton after being brought on from the bench just 30 minutes earlier is a perfect example of his ruthless streak. Klopp certainly has that same fire attached to his personality, but it is almost…