Paul Merson gives his verdict on Klopp, makes Pochettino comparison

Paul Merson sees a similarity between Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp and Tottenham Hotspur head coach Mauricio Pochettino.

Former Arsenal attacker Paul Merson has explained in The Daily Star how Jurgen Klopp’s situation at Liverpool at the moment is similar to that of Mauricio Pochettino’s at Tottenham Hotspur last season.

Pochettino was appointed the Tottenham head coach in the summer of 2014 after he left Premier League rivals Southampton at the end of the 2013-14 season.

It took some time for the Argentine to impose his style on the Spurs players, and the North London outfit eventually finish fifth in the Premier League in 2014-15.

Pochettino advocates a high pressing and attacking game, and Merson sees similarities between his philosophy and that of newly-appointed Liverpool boss Klopp.

The former England international winger has doubts whether the German will be given time at Anfield to make his mark.

“I like Klopp but he's a big gamble,” Merson wrote in The Daily Star. "He plays a certain way, with a high press at 100 miles an hour. Do Liverpool have the players to do that? I'm not sure.

“We've seen it with Mauricio Pochettio. He had the players to do that with Southampton but he went to Tottenham and it took him time. He didn't have the players he needed to play that way.

“The problem is I don't know how much time Klopp is going to get at Liverpool, he's got to get them in the top four this season.”

Interestingly, Klopp’s first game in charge of Liverpool will be against Tottenham Hotspur away from home at White Hart Lane in the Premier League after the international break.

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