Big Match

Klopp must instruct Reds to attack, Guardiola must exercise pragmatism

A swift start would serve Klopp's men well as City may struggle to respond if they go behind

Liverpool's Roberto Firmino (left) celebrates with teammates Mohamed Salah and Naby Keita after scoring their second goal during their English Premier League football match against Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley Stadium in London, on Sept 15, 2018.
Liverpool's Roberto Firmino (left) celebrates with teammates Mohamed Salah and Naby Keita after scoring their second goal during their English Premier League football match against Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley Stadium in London, on Sept 15, 2018.PHOTO: AFP

It was never stated explicitly, but the feeling was that Manchester United hired Jose Mourinho because they thought he was Pep Guardiola's nemesis.

If so, it ranks as one of many misjudgments at Old Trafford. Mourinho may have denied his arch-enemy a Spanish title, but no one has beaten the Manchester City manager more often than Jurgen Klopp.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 06, 2018, with the headline 'Reds must commit to attack'. Subscribe