This Monday will see the latest installment in English football’s most prestigious and decorated rivalry. Furthermore, with Jurgen Klopp and Jose Mourinho locking horns, this week’s clash could be one of the greatest yet.
In the opinion of Robbie Fowler though, only one of these managers is a true fit for their club. It’s not a complimentary read for the Special One.
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Last week saw Klopp celebrate his first anniversary as Liverpool manager.
It’s certainly been a rollercoaster 12 months for the German. The Reds have celebrated wins at Stamford Bridge, the Etihad Stadium and the Emirates, but also suffered defeats in the League Cup and Europa League finals.
On the whole though, its been a productive and successful spell thus far. After all, Liverpool have flown out of the blocks this season and have asserted themselves as firm title challengers.
Then, there is Mourinho. The Portuguese tactician inherited the reins at Old Trafford this summer and has experienced something of an underwhelming start to life at the club.
Victory in the Community Shield appeared to mark a perfect start, but fortunes have waned since defeat in the Manchester derby. This was no more apparent upon the torrid 1-1 draw with relegation zone lingering Stoke City.
Nevertheless, with Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic gracing their squad, ruling them out of the title race would be dumb foolery.
However, ahead of Liverpool and United’s first clash of the season, Fowler has had a fair bit to say about the two managers. In fact, he emphatically believes that Klopp is by far the better fit.
Writing for the Mirror, the Kop favourite explained: “Some things in life are a perfect fit. Lennon and McCartney, Dalglish and Rush, Carragher and Neville - they were just made for each other.
“Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp strike me as having the same kind of synchronicity. When he walked into Anfield, it was mutual love at first sight.
“With Manchester United and Jose Mourinho, it feels more like a marriage of convenience.”
Therefore, it’s clear that the 41-year-old believes Klopp is a more complimentary and long-term match than the quick-fix appointment of the Special One.
As for the game itself, Fowler commented: “Monday night’s showdown between the two most successful clubs in English football will generate even more global interest than usual because it is also a clash of two of the most charismatic managers to ever grace the game.
“I am going to stick my neck out and say that Liverpool are favourites to win on the evidence I’ve seen so far this season.
“But, whatever the outcome of 90 raucous minutes at Anfield, it won’t change my belief that Liverpool are in better long-term health than their rivals from the opposite end of the East Lancs Road.”
Whether its United or Liverpool viewed as favourites though, what is for sure is that a compelling Premier League match is only two days away.
In addition, given their respective starts to the season, Mourinho might have a challenge on his hands to wrestle back bragging rights. Besides, if he desires backing, he certainly won’t find it with Fowler.
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