Rio Ferdinand believes Jurgen Klopp currently has the upper hand over Pep Guardiola when it comes to being a better manager.

Klopp has led Liverpool to the top of the Premier League table as the Reds hunt for their maiden trophy – a quest that has been hindered by the outbreak of coronavirus.

Guardiola has already been there, done that with Manchester City, guiding the Etihad outfit to the trophy on two occasions.

The Spaniard changed the style of football, not just on these shores, but with Barcelona and Bayern Munich too.

But with City having struggled at times this campaign, Ferdinand believes former Borussia Dortmund boss Klopp is currently the better manager.

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Speaking on Instagram Live, Ferdinand said: “I think at the moment, Klopp, he was top of the league, the team were playing better, they were more consistent. I think the last two years you have to say Klopp just shades it.

“But Pep is the innovator. The most innovative manager we’ve seen in our generation. Phenomenal.

“If you think Cruyff back in the day, you think Pep today. What a manager.

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“Full backs playing inside the pitch like midfielders when they’ve got the ball. He did it at Bayern Munich and then with Kyle Walker a little bit at Man City.

“He played the game differently – the passing the movement.”

Guardiola heaped praise on Klopp earlier this season, saying: “To see his team, you realise he did in Dortmund and he’s done it here.

“So it’s easy to analyse how huge was the impact when he took over a team that wasn’t a real contender.

“The history, yes, but not a real contender, to win the Premier League or be on top, and he did it. In three or four years he built something marvellous to watch.”

The Premier League will not return until April 30 at the earliest due to COVID-19.