Rob Green has told Optus Sport’s The Kelly and Wrighty Show that he believes Jose Mourinho’s managerial model to be more ‘sustainable’ than that of Jurgen Klopp during the course of this season.
Liverpool are renowned for their high intensity work both on the pitch and in training. Under Klopp, the Reds have become one of the best counter-pressing teams in the league, which currently sees them top of the Premier League summit.
Klopp’s systematic approach requires a lot of energy and discipline, with his player’s unwavering in their attempts to consistently retrieve and retain possession.
It’s the polar opposite of Mourinho’s managerial blueprints for success, with the Tottenham boss operating a more reserved and organised defensive approach that thrives on punishing teams on the counter-attack.
Despite Klopp’s game-plan coming out on top during Wednesday night’s top-of-the-table clash between Liverpool and Spurs, Green believes that Mourinho’s methods will have a more lasting impact throughout the course of the 2020/21 campagin.
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“For Liverpool, the requirements of the energy in a season like this season is so great and so vast just to create that number of chances.
“The energy they [Liverpool] use in the space of a game compared to Tottenham where realistically you’re asking two maybe three players to sacrifice themselves physically to get up there.
“They weren’t attacking in seven or eight numbers like Liverpool were. I think it’s more sustainable for Tottenham but it’s just less attractive.”
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It’s a season like no other is a common phrase that is reiterated amongst pundits, but they are right. Klopp has felt the strain of such relentless standards from his squad, which has been decimated in recent weeks as a result of injuries.
Liverpool have seen the likes of Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez, Thiago Alcantara and Diogo Jota all fall victim to contrasting knee injuries this season. It was only a week ago that Klopp was without nine first team players as a result of injury.
The Reds are in the midst of a title race and Champions League campaign without a prolonged pre-season behind them, it isn’t surprising to see that injuries have followed as a consequence.
In terms of who has the more sustainable approach to go the distance this season, only time will tell.
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