Julian Nagelsmann is hopeful his next meeting with Jurgen Klopp in the Champions League works out somewhat better than their last encounter.
The young manager welcomes Liverpool to the Red Bull Arena on Tuesday for the first leg of the Reds’ last-16 tie with his Leipzig side.
It is little over three years since Nagelsmann was last in the opposite dugout to Klopp, albeit when he was in charge of former club Hoffenheim.
And sadly for him, it was his team who ended up missing out on a spot in the group stage as they lost the play-off 6-3 on aggregate.
Hoffenheim did give Liverpool a scare however, almost taking the lead but for Andrej Kramaric’s missed penalty, with the first leg eventually settled by an own goal.
But Liverpool blew away their German counterparts in the second leg, and Klopp recalled an amusing moment after the match where he went in search of his youthful adversary.
“What I can remember is that after the game, after the second leg, I went to look for Julian because I wanted to say goodbye or something,” Klopp said on UEFA.com.
“And I opened the door to a little room where I didn’t even know that there was anything behind it and he was sitting there with his assistants at a laptop.
“You could see it in his face, that he was thinking: ‘well, what happened here?'”
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It’s been an extremely interesting start to the season for Jurgen Klopp’s men.
They got their title defence off to a shaky start as they edged out a seven-goal thriller against Leeds, before going on to conceded seven in a hammering by Aston Villa.
Virgil van Dijk’s season was ended by injury in the 2-2 draw at Everton, leaving the title favourites looking far less secure at the back – especially with Alisson’s injury worries too.
But there’s no slowing down in what is going to be a busy campaign – with Klopp ensuring his men continue at full pace as they bid for more title glory.
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Nagelsmann’s style of football is very much in the Klopp mould of high-intensity pressing, and he takes a similarly serious approach to analysis with his backroom team.
But Klopp was quick to remind Nagelsmann that some things are better left until later.
“Yeah, that’s exactly what happened,” Nagelsmann replied. “And you closed my laptop and said to stop it, it’s over anyways.”
Klopp joked: “Let’s rather go and have a beer.”
Nagelsmann admitted: “I took a few minutes to deal with that. But when you win it’s so much easier to say that than when you lose. You must know this too.”
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Circumstances have changed significantly since that encounter though, and Nagelsmann now has a huge opportunity to enact revenge on Klopp’s Liverpool amid their troublesome dip in form.
“I think that I find myself in a completely different situation now,” Nagelsmann said. “I have a very different team at my disposal than I did back then.
“I would say the same goes for Jurgen. I think that they will be two very different games coming up.”