Gary Neville points to Klopp frustration as perfect reason Conte would be wrong for Man Utd

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Antonio Conte, Liverpool v Tottenham May 2022 Credit: PA Images
Antonio Conte, Liverpool v Tottenham May 2022 Credit: PA Images

Gary Neville has used Jurgen Klopp’s frustration at Antonio Conte as reasoning why Manchester United were right not to go after the Tottenham boss.

Conte has made his name in European football as a fantastic tactician who brings success wherever he goes. Indeed, the 52-year-old has won league titles at Chelsea, Inter and Juventus.

He is currently in the process of trying to get Spurs back challenging with England and Europe’s best.

And a 1-1 draw with Liverpool at Anfield on Saturday had major implications for both clubs.

The point for Tottenham was crucial for their Premier League top-four hopes. However, it also saw Liverpool slip up in the title race.

Conte set his team up to defend deeply and soak up pressure before hitting their hosts on the counter-attack. Tottenham executed the plan well and in fact took the lead through Son Heung-min before Luis Diaz equalised.

In his post-match press conference, Liverpool boss Klopp slammed the tactics.

He claimed he “doesn’t like” that kind of football and “cannot coach it”, adding that Tottenham should “do more for the game”.

Before Conte went to Tottenham, there were calls from some pundits for Manchester United to snap him up. Neville was not one of them and insisted that Klopp’s comments back up his point.

The former Man Utd full-back wrote on Twitter: “I respect Conte and his football enormously but this Klopp interview gives the clear reason why he wasn’t the right fit for United.”

United eventually went after Ralf Rangnick to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in November.

However, Rangnick has not been able to inspire a major turnaround in the club’s situation. In fact, the Red Devils are now almost certainly out of the running for the top-four race.

Conte football pulls in admirers

Antonio Conte of Tottenham Credit: PA Images
Antonio Conte of Tottenham Credit: PA Images

When it works like against Liverpool, Conte’s football is exciting and easy on the eye.

However, defending and soaking up pressure before springing a counter-attack is different to counter-attacking through a press.

Both Conte and Klopp have had success with their differing methods and both have won plenty of admirers.

While Neville has insisted that the Italian is wrong for Man Utd, his side have not lost to Liverpool or Manchester City this term.

Nuno Espirito Santo masterminded a 1-0 win over City for Spurs in August. Since then, though, Conte has claimed two draws against Liverpool and a win over City in February.

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