Thomas Tuchel’s past four games vs Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool and what can help Chelsea

Thursday night’s clash between Liverpool and Chelsea will also represent the latest battle between two of Germany’s top coaches.

Thomas Tuchel and Jurgen Klopp has been relentlessly compared since the former took his first steps into management as Klopp’s replacement at Mainz.

The two have faced each other 14 times since 2009, with Tuchel’s record abysmal against the Liverpool boss, winning just twice.

But Tuchel will hope their frequent clashes will give him a helping hand as he seeks to boost Chelsea’s Champions League hopes.

Here, we look at the past four matches between Tuchel and Klopp and see what tips Chelsea can take into the tip at Anfield.

7 April 2016 – Borussia Dortmund 1-1 Liverpool

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Divok Origi scored a crucial away goal in the first leg of this quarter-final tie, with Mats Hummels later equalising with a header from a corner.

Dortmund dominated possession but Klopp’s tactics saw Liverpool frustrate their opponents, restricting them to few real chances.

Tuchel can look to Liverpool’s performance as a blueprint for Thursday’s game, with his strategy against Manchester United very similar in terms of seeking to frustrate their opposition.

Chelsea lined up in a deeper 3-4-3 formation against United, with the Red Devils’ electric attack kept mostly quiet – expect this to be seen again at Anfield.

14 April 2016 – Liverpool 4-3 Borussia Dortmund

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