Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl is a ‘poor man’s Jurgen Klopp’, says Ian Holloway
Ian Holloway has labelled Ralph Hasenhuttl as a ‘poor man’s Jurgen Klopp’ but insists this is not meant as disrespectful to the Southampton boss.
Former RB Leipzig boss Hasenhuttl arrived at St Mary’s in December, replacing Mark Hughes.
Southampton were in the relegation zone when Hasenhuttl arrived but he has improved the club’s fortunes.
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Austrian Hasenhuttl came to the Premier League with the nickname the ‘Alpine Klopp’ due to the similar styles of football their teams play and the similar physical appearance of the two men but Hasenhuttl is keen to play down these comparisons.
But Holloway believes there are similarities that can be drawn between the Saints and Liverpool boss.
The former Blackpool and Crystal Palace manager went on to suggest that Hasenhuttl is not quite as good as Klopp but was quick to praise the 51-year-old’s work on the south coast.
Holloway told talkSPORT: “The difference he’s made to [Nathan] Redmond up front has been phenomenal. They [Southampton] have been competing in every single game than they were [before Hasenhuttl arrived].
“And that’s basically down to the manager who seems like a poor man’s Klopp if I can say that.
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“That’s no disrespect, you know, he’s got the same sort of attributes as Jurgen Klopp I believe by the look of him and the longer he gets with that group of players the better they’re going to get.”
Klopp and Hasenhuttl actually faced each other on Friday April 5th when Liverpool travelled to Southampton in the Premier League – the German came out on top with the Reds claiming a vital 3-1 win in their push for a first league title in 29 years.
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