Maurizio Sarri pays compliment to Liverpool FC boss Jurgen Klopp

The Chelsea FC manager unveils a conversation between him and Jurgen Klopp earlier this season

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
Chelsea FC manager Maurizio Sarri Photo: The Sport Review

Maurizio Sarri believes Jurgen Klopp’s style of play at Liverpool FC closely mirrors his own philosophy at Chelsea FC.

The Italian head coach took over the reins at Chelsea FC in the summer after the Blues finished in fifth place in the Premier League table under his compatriot Antonio Conte last term.

Chelsea FC turned to Sarri following his impressive stint in charge of Napoli, leading the Naples outfit to a second-placed finish behind champions Juventus in the 2017-18 season.

The 59-year-old has made an impressive start to his reign at Stamford Bridge following a run of eight victories and four stalemates before November’s international break.

Sarri’s side were 3-2 winners against Arsenal at Stamford Bridge at the start of the season, before stalemates with title challengers Liverpool FC and bitter rivals Manchester United.

Chelsea FC scored 28 times in their first 13 games in the Premier League, while Sarri has brought a defensive solidarity to the team after conceding eight goals during that time.

The Blues looked set to push Manchester City all the way in the title race alongside Liverpool FC, before Chelsea FC suffered a setback following a 3-1 loss to Spurs at Wembley on Saturday.

Liverpool FC drew 1-1 with Chelsea FC at Stamford Bridge in October after England international Daniel Sturridge netted a late equaliser to cancel out Eden Hazard’s second-half goal.

And Sarri revealed his respect for Klopp’s style of football and the similarities between Chelsea FC and Liverpool FC.

“[Jurgen] Klopp is the one who I feel is closest to me in terms of philosophy, and I think our exchange [on the touchline in Chelsea’s 1-1 draw with Liverpool in September] proves it,” Sarri is quoted as saying by Metro.

“At a certain point, I turned to face him and I saw he was smiling so I went up to ask him why.

“He said: ‘Because I’m loving it, you?’ – ‘Me too,’ I replied.

“It’s when you experience situations like these that you realise you’ve reached the top.”

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