RB Leipzig boss Julian Nagelsmann believes a good manager would watch how Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool play football.
Nagelsmann is the 32-year-old manager of high flying German side RB Leipzig.
At 32 he is one of the youngest ever top-flight managers in Europe’s top five leagues.
The German tactician is having a great season with Leipzig. Many people consider them the best hope of overthrowing Bayern Munich.
Nagelsmann seeks inspiration from his compatriot Jurgen Klopp. In fact, in an interview with the Independent, he admits to paying extra close attention to the European champions. He advises any serious football manager to do the same.
“Liverpool have developed so well, especially in possession and having variety.”
“In the first two seasons under Jurgen Klopp, it was more about counter-attack and creating attacking moments.”
“That’s the same process we are going through now at Leipzig, expanding to not only rely on pressing and counters.”
“If you want to be a good manager, you have to watch Liverpool games. What they are doing is incredible.”
“It’s the performances that you can learn from, but more importantly, is what you can take away from their mentality.”
He appears to try and move with the time. Last year his focus was on Guardiola and City.
“I watch a lot of Liverpool and Manchester City.”
“Last season, City had great flexibility, so many ways to open up the game and interesting positions in ball possession.”
“It’s always fascinating to watch Pep Guardiola teams.”