Two highly capable footballing minds will clash on Thursday night at Anfield; Jurgen Klopp will face Thomas Tuchel, with whom he shares many parallels despite the two being very different at the same time.

The German coaches rose to prominence in their home country while in charge of Mainz 05, before gaining opportunities to really exhibit their ideas and challenge for silverware at Borussia Dortmund.

Tuchel was Klopp's successor at BVB and although he took a detour of sorts having spent two years competing in Ligue 1 with Paris Saint Germain, he's followed the path of his compatriot once more by moving to England.

The journey of the pair has been remarkably similar and in addition, the duo have demonstrated their managerial ability throughout by gaining admirers, accumulating trophies and securing seats at Europe's elite table.

A proactive and intense brand of football is not only preferred by both, it is demanded, with dominance generally established over most opponents on a regular basis by Klopp and Tuchel sides.

However, that is where many of the general similarities end, and it is where the differences begin to emerge.

The two figures go about achieving their objectives in contrasting ways on and off the pitch, with Tuchel appearing a lot more confrontational and unforgiving than his Liverpool rival across many departments.

He regularly makes early substitutions on the back of unacceptable performances, while also singling out individuals for the aspects that have to improve.

Callum Hudson-Odoi's recent substitution against Southampton after being brought on from the bench just 30 minutes earlier is a perfect example of his ruthless streak. Klopp certainly has that same fire attached to his personality, but it is almost never directed towards his players.

Ben Chilwell, Reece James and Tammy Abraham have all suffered as a product of Tuchel's squad usage of late; he has been willing to take risks and make statement moves by reintegrating Marcos Alonso, and retraining Hudson-Odoi as a wing-back.

He appears to have settled on a back three formation at the moment but much of that could be a product of the lack of training time he's being afforded, as throughout his career, he's been tactically experimental depending on his players and the opposition, often stating his preference to work with a big squad.

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Many of those aspects conflict with Klopp's approach to management.

He rarely makes early changes and appears to place a greater emphasis on the unit as a whole rather than the individual, which is perhaps best captured by his loyalty to 4-3-3 this season despite the endless list of injuries particularly in the heart of defence.

A small yet versatile squad is the preference of Klopp, with little rotation from his best starting eleven happening from week to week unless injuries materialise.

His players are expected to govern proceedings, but that tends to be achieved through risk-taking and relentless pressing, whereas Tuchel's game generally focuses more on slow control before accelerating when the time is right.

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Liverpool have certainly began to adopt controlling principles over time under Klopp's tutelage - hence the signature of Thiago Alcantara in the summer - but over the past decade the Reds boss has undoubtedly favoured a more direct and forceful playing style.

Tuchel's game has a closer association with that of Pep Guardiola, with Klopp acting as more of a distant relative than a close-knit inspiration.

The similarities are large enough to assume the spotlight, but the subtle differences emerge under a microscope and those are likely to decide what looks set to be a closely contested bout for a valuable Champions League spot on Thursday.