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“Klopp’s style of play is the opposite of Guardiola” says Gerard Pique

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp uses a completely different tactical system to that of Pep Guardiola, says Barcelona defender Gerard Pique

Pique was brought back to the Camp Nou by Guardiola in 2008 following a four-year spell at Manchester United.

Under Guardiola’s tutelage, Pique emerged as one of the most highly-rated defenders in European football and has since been a prominent member of the Barcelona squad.

But even the 31-year-old acknowledges that his former boss may not have it all his own way this season due to the football Liverpool produce.

Klopp’s style of a high-octane counter-attack defeated City three times last term and they are expected to launch a full-scale title challenge in the Premier League after recruiting heavily this summer.

Liverpool have backed that up with three wins from three without conceding a goal.

And Pique as a theory on the key to their success.

“I think Jurgen is doing a great job at Liverpool,” said Pique, according to Liverpool Echo.

“Because the style of play is the opposite of Guardiola.

“They really like to counter-attack and have really quick players up front and score goals with (Mohamed) Salah, (Roberto) Firmino and (Sadio) Mane.”

When asked who will win the league title, Pique replied: “We will see, it will be challenging for Man City, because Liverpool have a great team and I think it will be quite exciting.

“I think City are a little bit favourites, but you never know. (In the) Premier League, anything can happen.”

Guardiola will be hoping to make City the first back-to-back league champions in England since Manchester United in 2009 this season.

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