Why Manchester City win shows the key difference between Rodgers and Klopp

Brendan Rogers Press Conference Smiling - 16/02/2014

Liverpool were commanding as they beat Manchester City 4-1 on Saturday afternoon.

Brendan Rodgers' time at Liverpool is now consigned to the past and many will feel that's where it should stay. Kicking a man when he is down could be considered harsh and Jurgen Klopp comparisons considered unfair.

But it's still important to note the key difference between the German and his predecessor - one the 4-1 win over Manchester City on Saturday evening illustrated just perfectly.

In Rodgers' defence, he had achieved big wins over top sides during the famous 2013/14 season - thrashing both Manchester United and Arsenal.

It was never quite this convincing away from home, though, and certainly didn't happen enough, while the big argument that it was all down to Luis Suarez still remains.

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But it wasn't about Klopp's tactics, necessarily, nor Liverpool's high pressing and work-rate. No, you could sense this win before the game - during the German's pre-match interview. Just as you could sense a Liverpool defeat when Rodgers spoke to Sky before games during his Anfield tenure.

Cast your mind back to a huge Manchester United clash earlier this year. Beating Louis van Gaal's men could have given the Reds a huge advantage in the race for the top four. Instead, Liverpool crumbled.

And you knew they would when you heard Rodgers speak before that crunch encounter. He rolled out his usual, pathetic buzzwords: 'intensity, philosophy.' He looked as though he was bored of himself saying the same old things and he could've put people to sleep.

His players mirrored that in their performance. There was no game plan. Rodgers had lost the match before it even happened, just like David Moyes had done when Liverpool beat Manchester United the previous season. Just like Rodgers then did when his team surrendered to Aston Villa in the FA Cup semi-final...

Compare and contrast Klopp, though. Before the City game, he was laughing. He was relaxed, confident, in full flow in front of the cameras, joking with his interviewer and keeping things simple. No Jargon: just football.

His players mirrored that in their performance. And look what happened.

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