Highly-rated RB Leipzig manager Julian Nagelsmann has expressed his admiration for the way Jurgen Klopp has developed his Liverpool side to become title-contenders.
Speaking to the Independent, Nagelsmann said that the Reds are an example to any manager and declared that he watches a lot of their games to see what he can learn.
He said: “I watch a lot of Liverpool and Manchester City. Liverpool have developed so well, especially in possession and having variety. In the first two seasons, it was more about counter-attack and creating attacking moments. If you want to be a good manager, you have to watch Liverpool games. What they are doing is incredible.
“It’s the performances that you can learn from, but more importantly, is what you can take away from their mentality. It’s totally crazy when you’re 22 points ahead but you do more and more and more to win games. That is a big message. They should learn from Liverpool to always be hungry. You still win and win and win and win.”
TBR’s View – Klopp an example to any manager on how to evolve a side
As Nagelsmann says, Klopp got his Liverpool revolution off the ground with a counter attacking style which was capable of stunning the big sides but was not good enough to sustain a title push.
He had to make his side more well-rounded and has done that without sacrificing any of the intensity which characterises his sides, as well as Nagelsmann’s.
That’s a lesson to any manager on how to evolve a side from occasional performers into a consistent machine capable of beating sides in a variety of different ways and one Nagelsmann is clearly keen to learn from.