Hartlepool boss Craig Hignett admits he's "more of a Klopp fan" than of Guardiola, hopes to model Pools on Liverpool

Hartlepool United manager Craig Hignett during the press conference after the Vanarama National League match between Hartlepool United and Solihull Moors at Victoria Park, Hartlepool on...

The Pools boss is hoping to steer his side into the EFL with a style 'not a million miles' from that of the Reds.

Hartlepool United manager Craig Hignett during the press conference after the Vanarama National League match between Hartlepool United and Solihull Moors at Victoria Park, Hartlepool on...

Liverpool have been described as "absolutely scintillating" by Hartlepool United manager Craig Hignett, who not only rates Jurgen Klopp above Manchester City's Pep Guardiola but also hopes he can model his Pools side on the Reds, as reported by the Hartlepool Mail.

Klopp steered his charges to a sixth European Cup this summer, getting the better of the likes of Barcelona and Bayern Munich before seeing off fellow Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League final on 1 June.

 

The Reds also ended their Premier League season in second place with a record 97 points, which few can dispute would have yielded the title in most campaigns, were it not for an impressive Man City side who followed up last year's 100-point haul with 98 points this time round.

As for Hartlepool, they finished 16th in the National League in 2018-19 and Hignett is eager to earn promotion back to the English Football League by adopting tactics and a style that "isn’t a million miles" from that of Liverpool.

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When asked whether he was hoping to model his side on Man City and Guardiola's style of play, his response to the Hartlepool Mail was: "I am more of a Klopp fan, if I’m being honest! Pep is outstanding but so is Klopp. I know I’ve seen more of Liverpool this season but at times they have been absolutely scintillating, while City have kept up the standards to ridiculously high levels again.

"The 4-3-3 that Liverpool play isn’t a million miles from how we want to do it but you have to make subtle changes because obviously you’re talking about world class players. They’re really clever and all in tune with it because it only takes a couple to be out of tune, not pressing when they should be or something, and it looks completely different and it’s all over the place."

TOPSHOT - Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp speaks during a press conference at the Melwood Training ground in Liverpool, northwest England on May 28, 2019. (Photo by Anthony Devlin

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