Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp will be optimistic of beating Thomas Tuchel’s PSG tomorrow night in the Champions League at Anfield, with the Reds boss having enjoyed plenty of success against his Countryman in the past.
During the German pairs time in the Bundesliga, Klopp won against Tuchel’s sides in eight of their 12 meetings.
Klopp also has a superb record over Man City boss Pep Guardiola, winning eight times in fourteen encounters over the years. Sadly however for other Premier League bosses, the Liverpool manager refused to be drawn on the secret to his success over these two highly-rated coaches.
“If there’s a secret, let’s keep it a secret,” Klopp said.
“Always with records it’s quite difficult to explain. At Dortmund I had a strong side and he was at Mainz so it’s not really fair to bring that up.
“He’s an outstanding coach. I thought it’s a smart decision by PSG to sign Thomas Tuchel.
“With this type of team, with that individual quality, you need a coach to teach them how to play as a team.
“He’s one of the best I know. That makes them a big challenge for us.
“It’s football so there are always possibilities and opportunities to bring these fantastic footballers onto your level so you can beat them. That’s what we need to try and do.
“You cannot only defend or only attack. It’s all about the mix. I’ve been lucky down the years I had teams with a good mix of mentality and quality.
“When you see the games against Pep or Thomas there is an unbelievable amount of work to do. They are really smart with their positioning.
“We have to run, close the space and use the ball and stuff. I like this challenge but only because I have a really good football team.
“If I would not be the manager I would 100% watch this game so now I have the most average place in the stadium to watch it.”