SWANSEA manager Francesco Guidolin has claimed that Jürgen Klopp’s recent appearance on Sky’s Monday Night Football would never happen in Italy.
Klopp — who has proved to be media-friendly during his time in management — has divided opinion with his appearance, while many were impressed with his fascinating analysis some questioned the benefit to him and the team of his TV airtime.
And Guidolin, who managed in Italy for over 25 years, felt that it was strange to see a current manager make such an appearance, to go through their own tactics on television.
“I don’t think this would happen in Italy,” the Italian said.
“Maybe some coach without a team would go on television to speak of football. But not a [current] manager.
However, Guidolin did insist — as many had argued — that the appearance didn’t reveal any secrets about the way Klopp’s side would set up.
“The tactics is important, but it is not the most important thing.
“You win the game on the pitch. On the [studio] table could be good for the fans and television, but it is the pitch which matters.”
The trip to Swansea will be another big test for The Reds, who have won their last four games in all competitions, having previously struggled against the so called ‘minnows’ of the league and teams that tend to sit deep.
The Swans manager said: “I saw Liverpool a lot of times this week. We have our idea to play them and we hope it is a good idea.
“But it is maybe not enough. We have to play a good game.”
Klopp’s side are winning praise for their high octane and attacking brand of football, particularly the way the team have been sharing out the goals since the German took over at the club.
Guidolin added: “Liverpool is a team with the best distance covered, and first we have to match this.
“Then there is tactics, technique, movement — a lot of things.”