Ex-Liverpool star Stan Collymore believes Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp and Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola need to learn Chelsea boss Antonio Conte in how they approach the Premier League.
Collymore believes Conte has been flexible in his approach unlike Klopp and Guardiola who have both been rigid in their approach.
“Jurgen Klopp’s biggest crime this season was telling the fans and players alike that they could play that way – his high-octane, heavy-metal football – and expect no physical drop-off,” Collymore wrote in his Daily Mirror column.
“Playing Klopp’s way would leave a player knackered by January or February – which was what has happened.
“Klopp has his own philosophy like Pep Guardiola, who couldn’t kid us with some of his tactical innovations like fullbacks playing in central midfield, that had people saying he was a genius who has revolutionised the sport.
“But they both should have gone into this season open-minded and more respectful of English football.
“To say they are failures is ridiculous but now I’d like to see them look at someone like Antonio Conte.
“After six games at Chelsea, he realised he needed to respect what the league he’d joined was about, realised what he was trying wasn’t working and rectified it by changing his formation and making sure his team were good at the things their opposition would be – like corners and set-pieces.
“And who is the best manager in the Premier League? The man who is top of it and will be opposite Klopp at Anfield on Tuesday night – Conte.”