Former Nottingham Forest goalkeeper Peter Shilton has told The Guardian that Brian Clough was not too dissimilar to Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp.

The legendary custodian won the European Cup with the Reds in 1979 and 1980. He also collected 125 England caps during a glittering career.

Clough is comfortably Forest’s most successful manager and Shilton believes that Klopp is showing similar traits to the great man.

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In a frank and open discussion with the national newspaper, he was put to task on discussing the modern-day game and a comparison between Clough and Klopp quickly emerged.

He told the Guardian: “Jurgen Klopp’s not that different to Brian Clough. When you’re winning games, you don’t make changes. Klopp’s done all the hard work and he’s signed the right goalkeeper and a really good centre-back.

He’s got good midfield players and strikers who are quick, sharp and score goals. In a way, it’s similar to us at Forest. You keep your clean sheet and that helps the glory boys up front.”


Klopp has been a revelation in English football since arriving at Anfield.

His team won the Champions League last season and look to be running away with the Premier League title race this time around.


Under the German, the club has an aura that suggests the club could dominate for years to come. A bit like Forest back in the day.

Clough instilled a belief in his players that they were the best in the world and it paid dividends during a trophy-laden period for the Reds.

Shilton’s comparison is interesting but with Liverpool on course for an invincible season, it’s easy to see where it comes from.

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Forest famously went 42 games without defeat between November 1977 and December 1978 – a record at the time.

Clough was a born winner and Shilton is right to use Klopp as an example of the modern-day equivalent.

Of course, right now the former Forest boss has one more European Cup to his name than Klopp and not until the end of his career can true comparisons be made between the two.

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