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Klopp and Allardyce are two contrasting managers who share one thing in common

15 Oct | BY Betway | MIN READ TIME |
Klopp and Allardyce are two contrasting managers who share one thing in common

The new Liverpool boss begins his tenure against Spurs, while Sunderland's latest appointment needs a positive result at West Brom

A football manager renowned for his strong personality and ideals about how the game should be played takes charge of his new team on Saturday.

But more on Sam Allardyce and Sunderland later.

How Liverpool perform under Jurgen Klopp against Tottenham is the Premier League’s most intriguing story this weekend.

An amusing piece on the Merseyside club’s official website on Wednesday featured quotes from Brazilian midfielder Lucas Leiva analysing the German’s “impact so far”.

The intention, of course, was to champion his suitability for the role and promote the understandable optimism that follows the appointment of a new boss.

Quite right, too.

But beyond his natural charisma enthusing players, there is not much Klopp can implement in the three days he has between his internationals returning and Saturday’s lunchtime fixture at White Hart Lane.

One individual he has been able to work with, though, is Daniel Sturridge, who was left out of the England’s Euro 2016 qualifiers against Estonia and Lithuania to continue rebuilding his fitness.

That is significant.

Despite remaining some way off peak condition, Sturridge’s two clinical finishes against Aston Villa last month proved his unquestionable status as Liverpool’s greatest goal threat.

The 26-year-old is 11/1 to help deliver the perfect start for his new manager by scoring first in a win against Spurs.

That would make Klopp the first Liverpool boss since Gerard Houillier joined Roy Evans in 1998 to win his opening game in charge.

Brendan Rodgers and Kenny Dalglish suffered defeats at West Brom and Manchester United, while Roy Hodgson and Rafael Benitez drew with Arsenal and Spurs respectively.

The former Borussia Dortmund man would readily take the same 1-1 result attained by the Spaniard that day.

That eventuality is 8/1, with the two teams sharing the points at 12/5.

While the Fenway Sports Group, naturally, will expect Klopp to make an immediate impact, his is a long-term appointment.

A Champions League place is achievable this campaign, but turning Liverpool into title contenders will take – at the very least – the duration of his three-year contract.

The aforementioned Allardyce, meanwhile, has only one objective: to keep Sunderland in the division.

That would be more than the club that is joint-bottom of the table with a meagre three points deserves.

Now on their eighth manager in seven years, the Black Cats have not finished higher than 10th in that time and average a league position of 14th.

The club’s issues clearly start at the top and owner Ellis Short presumably wouldn’t have succeeded in business had he ran his private equity firm with the same negligence he has displayed on Wearside.

It is also not clear what Allardyce stands to gain by taking the job, either.

His record of never being relegated from the Premier League is, at best, a dubious accolade.

But even if he does keep Sunderland up, it will only be a repeat of his previous endeavours.

The 60-year-old is, though, a better fit than the three previous men in the job: Paolo di Canio, Gus Poyet and Dick Advocaat, all of whom began their tenures with defeats.

With his new side already five points adrift, Allardyce has to start quickly and is 3/1 to lead them to their first win of the season against West Brom at the Hawthorns.

The characteristics that define Allardyce – discipline, organisation, aggression and efficiency – are required if that is to happen.

That is a stereotype, but also a certainty.

The influence of Klopp at Liverpool, however, is not as predictable.

Two managers with contrasting styles, then, although the pair probably share one thing in common: both would have expected to end their respective sabbaticals by taking over slightly better clubs.

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