Ilkay Gundogan compares Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola

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Ilkay Gundogan's start to life at Manchester City may have been blighted by injury but the German midfielder has already shown why Pep Guardiola was prepared to spend so much money on someone still recovering from a dislocated kneecap.

Managers like to make their first signing at a new club a statement of what the fans can expect and Guardiola certainly did that with Gundogan.

The ex-Borussia Dortmund star arrived at the Etihad for a modest £21 million and despite having to wait until the middle of September to make his debut, the 26-year-old has already scored five times.

His eye-catching performances are one of the reasons why the bookies still think Guardiola's men are favourites to win the Premier League this year - but it isn't going to be easy.

As well as Chelsea's recent revival under Antonio Conte, Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool have looked impressive in their rise to league's summit and it looks set to be one of the most exciting title races seen in years.

As Gundogan is one of the few players to experience Klopp and Guardiola's coaching styles, you'll have trouble finding a better person to comment on two of the most charismatic club managers in the game.

With the duo set to go head-to-head for the title this year, Gundogan has revealed that Man City are taking Liverpool's title challenge very seriously and he has already seen similarities between Klopp's new team and Dortmund.

"It reminds me of the start in Dortmund, especially regarding the types of players. It's kind of similar," he told Bild, as per Goal.

"Liverpool has the big advantage of not having to play during the weeks [in Europe].

"Klopp has the gift to fascinate a team and to push them. The way they are playing right now, they are a competitor for the title and an extremely dangerous opponent.

"Klopp can be extremely successful in Liverpool."

However, what everyone really wants to know is how Klopp and Guardiola stack up in comparison.

Gundogan praised both but admitted there is one major difference between them.

He added: "Both are very hard. I think that the only difference is that Pep wants to dominate with possession.

"With Klopp, he goes for the second balls and one-on-one situations. Both playing styles are great and lot of fun.

"We have talked about him a few times. We have talked about [Dortmund coach] Thomas Tuchel, too. But I don't think I was able to give him the decisive hints about Klopp.

"All are different characters, but I got along with every one of them. I am a guy who gets along with most people. I had no arguments with any of them, I tried to do what they wanted me to do. Every one of them, I give him a hug when I see him."

Gundogan may have to reign in his love for Klopp when the two early season title contenders clash on New Year's Eve.

Both sides have rightly earned plaudits for their style of play and if their form so far this campaign is anything to go by, it could well be a classic Premier League encounter.

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