Shaka Hislop and Alexis Nunes break down the key battles all over the pitch before another installment of Man United-Liverpool.

The Premier League’s current managerial lineup is the strongest the division has ever witnessed. The arrival in 2016 of Antonio Conte and Pep Guardiola created an all-star quartet at the top, along with Jose Mourinho, a familiar face in English football and recently appointed at the time at Manchester United, and Jurgen Klopp, already at Liverpool but about to begin his first full season at the club. Others were in the picture too, but Mauricio Pochettino was on the way up, rather than an established, successful top-level coach, with Arsene Wenger seemingly on the way down. It was basically about the aforementioned four.

The effects have been obvious: a higher tactical level, better progress in Europe this season, and the top clubs winning far more points than beforehand — the 2015-16 league table is remarkable in hindsight, not simply because Leicester won the league, but also because of how far they were clear of the chasing pack. Two of the four have succeeded: Conte last season and Guardiola (almost certainly) this season. That leaves Klopp and Mourinho, the two managers who meet this weekend, still searching for their first title with their current clubs.

Comparing them is a relatively futile exercise, because the contrast is obvious: gegenpressing versus parking the bus. The more pertinent feature of this rivalry is much simpler: both are at the perfect club. It’s difficult to imagine Mourinho at Liverpool, perhaps even tougher to see Klopp at Manchester United. In very different ways, Liverpool suits Klopp, and Manchester United suits Mourinho, and neither had to change the culture at their club, the way, for example, Wenger did at Arsenal.

Klopp is the more animated of the two. He’s …read more

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