Jose Mourinho and Jurgen Klopp are both facing mounting problems at their respective clubs.
But whilst Liverpool ’s title challenge is faltering, there is little suggestion of dressing room unrest in the wake of their poor form.
At Tottenham, on the other hand, rumours of discontent from within Mourinho’s camp are starting to emerge.
It is claimed by The Athletic that a significant number of players are concerned by his negative training sessions.
Amongst the examples cited the way Mourinho has prepared Tottenham to take on Klopp’s Liverpool side.
Mourinho has reportedly spent ‘hours’ with his side working on defending throw-ins before facing the Reds, one of the factors which has led to some of his attacking stars becoming increasingly exasperated.
Taken out of the context of Tottenham’s problems, it offers an endorsement of one of Klopp’s most unorthodox training approaches.
Back in 2018, the German raised eyebrows when it emerged he had hired a throw-in coach to work with his players.
Danish expert Thomas Gronnemark started working with the club on a part-time basis after approaching Klopp.
"When I met him, it was 100% clear I wanted to employ him," Klopp said at the time.
"You cannot have enough specialists around you. I must always be the guy who makes the decisions on when we use them, but you cannot have enough.
"Already [he has made a difference], it's good, the boys like it. Somebody who knows what he is talking about, it always helps when you want to improve something.”
Despite Liverpool’s upturn in form and stats proving more efficiency from throw-ins, many were not convinced by the unorthodox approach and the time being dedicated to such a minor aspect of the game.
Andy Gray, working for beIN Sports, mocked suggestions it could have had an impact, joking: “Maybe we are going to see Andy Robertson do a head-stand and take it.”
"Ever since I started in 2004, people have been laughing at the idea of throw-in coaching,” Gronnemark has admitted. “It is too weird for some people. How can you be passionate about throw-ins?"
Yet those at Anfield remained adamant it had a positive impact as they ended three decades of Premier League heartache.
Robertson and Alexander-Arnold have been the chief beneficiaries, with Gronnemark telling The Guardian last year: “In my eyes, they are the best all-round throwers in the world.”
Speaking last season, Robertson said: "The manager has probably looked back on last season and it was a very positive one season for us, getting to the final of the Champions League and finishing in the top four.
"But the one negative he saw was we surrendered possession when we had throw-ins."It is effectively like a pass. He looked at it and thought how am I going to change this and he brought this guy in and already in the first four games we have been a lot better at it.
"It is the small gains that can make big differences.
“We are switched on when it comes to throw-ins – everyone is in better positions that we are finding easier, and the lads' techniques have got better.
"We all got measured and I was one of the worst, but since the day he came in until now I think I've gained about six metres.
"We have all bought into it and we are all improving and are a lot more accurate. I think it is a positive things and it has definitely worked for us.”
If the ringing endorsements from within the Liverpool dressing room were not convincing enough, it appears other teams have been forced to take notice and react accordingly.
The attention given to Liverpool’s throw-ins by Mourinho offers proof that there is method behind Gronnemark and Klopp’s perceived madness.
In fact, dedicating time to dealing with that aspect of Liverpool’s game inevitably has knock-on implications for coping with other areas where they can be dangerous.
In a game of increasingly fine margins and high standards, it is easy to overlook the minor details.
"Throw-ins are gigantic in football," Grønnemark told ESPN last year.
Whilst not everyone agrees, it appears Mourinho has recognised some truth to his claim despite his response drawing frustrations from his Tottenham stars.
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