Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has praised Chelsea counterpart Maurizio Sarri.
The Italian left Napoli to take over from compatriot Antonio Conte at Stamford Bridge this Summer and has overseen an unbeaten start to life in charge of the Premier League club.
Klopp will take on his new rival twice this week as Sarri brings his squad to Anfield on Wednesday evening for the League Cup third round tie before the sides meet in London on Saturday evening – and the German is a fan.
“What a manager he is! I’ve been a supporter since I saw Napoli.” he said.
“It is the biggest change I ever saw in such a short space of time.
“Wow. The style is completely different. What a manager he is, to be honest. I’m pretty much a supporter of his since I saw him playing at Naples.
“Outstanding football, and now doing it in a very interrupted pre-season.
“Eden was not there, Giroud, Kante. Starting the season and you see immediately the impact? All my respect.
“It’s really good to watch. Good job so far. People were always talking about Manchester City being clear, and completely forgot Chelsea.
“This team is really experienced. It won the title before – 80% won it twice, and they know how it works.
“That’s a really strong football team.” he finished.
Sarri has already said that he believes his Chelsea team are a year behind Klopp’s Liverpool in their development this week, but both sides will be desperate to gain an upper hand in these clashes.