Premier League: Chelsea v Liverpool offers contrasting styles, says Avram Grant
Avram Grant believes Sunday's game between Chelsea and Liverpool will offer an intriguing difference of styles.
Last Updated: 27/12/13 3:45pm
The sides are just a point apart in one of the most exciting Premier League campaigns for years and Grant is well placed to gauge the qualities of both managers, having worked with current Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho and Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers during his time at Stamford Bridge.
"Both teams have different styles of play but I think it will be a good game," Grant told Sky Sports News.
"Brendan likes to see the bigger picture, whereas Jose likes to see the details. It is great that Brendan learned from him because he is a great manager.
"(Rodgers) is a very intelligent guy. He would do a lot of research about football, reading a lot of books and was interested in different aspects of the game.
"He will learn lessons and as you see now, he is a guy who sees the bigger picture. I think it is good for football that people like him are doing well."
Grant is convinced that both sides have enough quality to retain realistic hopes of securing the league title but highlighted the key differences between the two sides.
"I think both sides will stay (in contention) until the end of the season. I think they will fight for the title as both teams have a good base," he added.
"Chelsea are not playing great football at the moment but they have a very good squad. They have almost too many creative players but in my time, there was not even one creative player.
"Liverpool are a different team, they depend a lot on their strikers. Sturridge has had a good season but they do not have midfield players who will score more than 10 goals, unlike players like Lampard and others at Chelsea.
"Liverpool played very well (in the 2-1 defeat to Manchester City on Boxing Day) but they missed Gerrard and Strurridge and that could be a problem for them on Sunday.
"Sometimes Chelsea depend too much in big games on the counter-attack. The days when it was a major part of the game has finished.
"Chelsea need to use their creative players - there are enough of them - and I am sure Jose is thinking about this."
As for his future, Grant admits he misses the day-to-day role of managing a football club but is enjoying his time away from the game.
"I like to be on the pitch and I like the contact with the players but I am now lecturing around the world about football," he said.
"I am learning a lot and it is good for me to be out of the game to recharge the batteries but I miss the challenge and the day-by-day (involvement) and I miss the fighting to achieve something."
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