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Gary Neville shares who he thinks has done the better job recently – Jurgen Klopp or Pep Guardiola

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Gary Neville has shared his verdict on which manager he believes has been better in the last six years in the Premier League: Jurgen Klopp or Pep Guardiola.

 

Considering Manchester City and Liverpool have been battling for top spot in the English top-flight over the years, whether Guardiola or Klopp has done a better job at their respective sides has constantly been debated.

In terms of silverware, the Catalan, who joined City in 2015 has won 16 trophies at the club while the German, who was appointed by Liverpool in 2016 has won just seven in comparison.

Gary Neville settles Pep Guardiola-Jurgen Klopp debate

However, such debates are rarely only settled by which manager has won more trophies.

The context of the size of both jobs is often taken into consideration as well as how dominant a manager was during their time in charge.

Gary Neville, however, feels that Jurgen Klopp has done a better job than Pep Guardiola over the last six years in the Premier League.

“Manchester City have been incredible, [Pep] Guardiola’s a genius. [Jurgen] Klopp’s been the best manager I’ve seen in the last six years because of what he’s had to do against Guardiola with the resources that he’s had”, he said on Sky Sports’ The Gary Neville Podcast.

Interestingly enough, Klopp himself admitted in December that Guardiola’s City side are the best team he has seen in the last 10 years.

Pep Guardiola is a better manager than the Liverpool legend in almost every possible way

Firstly, both Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp had vastly different remits at Manchester City and Liverpool respectively, which is why the criteria used by Gary Neville is disagreeable, in our view.

One could argue that Klopp had a more difficult task at hand.

However, by merely viewing management through such a lens, Claudio Ranieri’s time at Leicester City should put him in contention for being a greater coach than both the Manchester City and Liverpool bosses.

For starters, the former Borussia Dortmund boss has not managed to dominate in the same vein as Pep Guardiola, who has showcased his tactical flexibility to become the Premier League’s most successful manager after Sir Alex Ferguson.

For instance, last season, while Jurgen Klopp’s side fell to fifth place in the league, the Spaniard led his team to win the treble, which was arguably primarily down to his tactical genius.

Apart from even tactics, how Guardiola is able to predict when it is time to let a player go, stretching back to his days at Barcelona when he allowed Ronaldinho and Deco to leave in 2008 is a quality that Klopp lacks.

The likes of Jordan Henderson and James Milner in particular were way past their best even before last season and yet, the pair characterized an ageing squad that lacked the quality to compete for silverware.

Trophies, tactics and squad building; Pep Guardiola excels in arguably the main facets of being a manager much more than Jurgen Klopp and in English football, he has outdone the latter by quite some distance.

 

 

 

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