Jurgen Klopp vs Pep Guardiola: Paul Merson has explained which coach is better


Liverpool are the 2019/20 Premier League champions. You heard it here first.

Ok, so the Reds still have 20 matches left to play and they're painfully familiar with surrendering leads, but having a 13-point advantage with a game in hand is almost unassailable.

This isn't any old Liverpool team we're talking about, this is a squad that have won 17 of their last 18 leagues matches and have almost gone an entire year without a Premier League loss.

So, when Manchester City left the door to the trophy wide open by losing 3-2 at Wolverhampton Wanderers, you can forgive us feeling pretty confident in our assertions.

But if we put the Premier League table away for two seconds, another debate has been raging in light of the 2019/20 narrative: who's the better manager - Jurgen Klopp or Pep Guardiola?

Guardiola vs Klopp

It's tough. Guardiola guided City to the domestic treble last season, but Klopp bagged the Champions League and is well on course to deliver Liverpool's maiden Premier League crown.

There's no right or wrong answer, that's for sure, but Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson has provided a very interesting point for the debate as part of his column in the Daily Star.

His point? He believes that Klopp could be airdropped into any Football League club and inspire them up the divisions, whereas Guardiola needs millions to spend wherever he goes.


Merson's brilliant analogy 

"Jurgen Klopp is proving to Pep Guardiola this season that he is the best manager in the world," Merson penned

"Liverpool made Leicester look run of the mill. And it’s all down to Klopp. He’s built that team. And he’s beating Guardiola even though he hasn’t spent anywhere near as much money.

"That’s what makes him the best. Klopp could take Rotherham through the divisions and make them a Premier League club, given time.

"Guardiola can’t do that. He needs £80m or £90m players to make his system work. Klopp doesn’t. It’s a massive achievement, what he’s built."


GIVEMESPORT's Kobe Tong says

Merson is mostly spot on... he's just been a little harsh on Guardiola.

It's certainly easier to imagine Klopp stomping around the Rotherham dressing room firing up his team for an away tie at Fleetwood Town than it is Guardiola teaching them tiki-taka tactics.

But anybody who's seen the 'All or Nothing' documentary at City knows that Guardiola is also a brilliant man-manager and could similarly motivate a random Sunday League side. 

Liverpool v Man City - FA Community Shield

And Klopp has also benefitted from big money, albeit to a lesser extent, because Liverpool wouldn't be European champions without Virgil van Dijk and Alisson Becker's arrivals.

That being said, if I was appointed the owner of a Football League club tomorrow and I could pick any manager in world football to take charge, there's only one answer: Klopp. 

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