Jamie Carragher feels Liverpool’s upcoming opponents Tottenham Hotspur most resemble Jurgen Klopp’s Borussia Dortmund side with their high energy levels and relentless pressing, the Daily Mail report.
Klopp’s first game in charge of Liverpool sees him travel to North London to take on a Spurs side unbeaten in the Premier League since the opening day of the season, winning boss Mauricio Pochettino the manager of the month award for September.
Many observers fell in love with Dortmund under Klopp – the Bundesliga outfit playing full-throttle football with amazing energy levels and somewhat gung-ho pressing from the off.
While many are excited about Liverpool’s prospects of playing in such a manner, Carragher feels Spurs are the team closest in style to that of Klopp’s Dortmund and has praised their intensity.
“Talk for these last two weeks has been about how Klopp will get Liverpool working and playing with energy, looking to recreate the gegenpressing style that suited his fantastic Borussia Dortmund team so well,” Carragher explained.
“That style, however, is very similar to the one Pochettino uses at Tottenham. You only had to see the way they hounded and harassed Manchester City last month when beating them 4-1 and statistics show they have outrun every side they have played so far.”
“Tottenham have already shown this season they are going to be big contenders for a place in the top four, given they are unbeaten in the league since an opening day defeat at Old Trafford.”
How Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool can learn from Mauricio Pochettino at Spurs:
Tottenham Hotspur are gradually starting to embrace the philosophy of Pochettino, though it’s still a long process as the Argentine inherited a squad not ideally suited to his style of play.
When he joined from Southampton, he took over a squad lacking in genuine pace and aggression - two traits which are now fundamental to the way Spurs operate.
Klopp will feel the same about the Reds, and he, along with the Liverpool supporters, must be patient as it will take time for the German coach to get his message across to the players.