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Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola: Changing the game

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JANUARY 03: Josep Guardiola, Manager of Manchester City and Jurgen Klopp, Manager of Liverpool give their team instructions during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Liverpool FC at the Etihad Stadium on January 3, 2019 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
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Trust the Kids

WATFORD, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 24: Trent Alexander-Arnold of Liverpool celebrates after scoring his team’s second goal during the Premier League match between Watford FC and Liverpool FC at Vicarage Road on November 24, 2018 in Watford, United Kingdom. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Both Pep and Jurgen have often brought youth through their squads, even before their moves to England. Showing these qualities during their respective spells with Borussia Dortmund and Barcelona.

Pep has guided Oleksandr Zinchenko to a starting left-back spot over the past few seasons, with the Ukrainian born defender managing to up his appearance numbers in the past three seasons. Phil Foden has also been slowly introduced to Manchester City fans, as well as Pep heaping much praise on the Man City youngster.

Most impressive however, is Pep’s transformation of Raheem Sterling. Turning the ex-Liverpool man into more than just a speedy winger, but into an inverted attacking threat that can both finish and assist.

Klopp has done similar with a number of Liverpool players. Alexander Arnold-Trent has went from a youth prospect, to arguably one of the best right-backs in the world. The young man had double-digits in the assist column last season, as well as providing Liverpool fans with an infamous moment. By finding Divock Origi off a smart, quick corner against Barcelona.

Divock Origi: another player Klopp has managed to develop more recently, has also managed to find himself under the German manager. Despite a few unremarkable loan spells, Origi has came back to Anfield and done big things in the past season. With two goals against Barcelona in the Champions League semi-final, as well as a goal in the final itself. Divock really seems to be growing into his own player under Jurgen Klopp and it shows more evidence of these managers entrusting the youth.