Darren Bent explained to TalkSPORT on Thursday why Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp would be Arsenal’s ideal manager and not Pep Guardiola. The German suits their situation far better.
The debate over the Premier League’s best manager is a tough one. Both Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola have sensational records, having reached levels that remarkably few can match.
Really, though, the two of them are different and work in very different environments. Klopp has a knack for building a team and a squad as the underdog. Guardiola, in contrast, has helped giant, wealthy clubs reach unseen heights.
So which manager would a team rather have? Darren Bent gave the question a go for TalkSPORT on Thursday, using Arsenal as an example.
Asked if Klopp was ‘better’ than Guardiola, Bent had this to say:
“Ooh, tough. Are Arsenal in the state they are now? Then I’m going Klopp. He can build a better team, whereas Pep is still an incredible coach. That genius when it comes to thinking about the game.”
Bent then conceded that he’d probably pick Guardiola as a national team coach.
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We think Bent has this one about right. Klopp has shown a tremendous ability to build a winning culture at a club. having them play with momentum in the same system every week, with the right players in their right positions.
Guardiola, on the other hand, changes his tactics game to game. He wants versatile players that he can move around depending on his opponent – managing with deep, expensive squads lends itself to that.
So if we were Arsenal, to carry on the example, we’d want Klopp over Guardiola, too. If we were a national team, with limited time alongside the coach, we’d probably pick Guardiola.
What’s not up for debate, though, is that these two are the standout coaches in the game right now. How lucky for Liverpool, then, that Klopp has decided to stick around a while longer.