Jurgen Klopp is the best football coach in the world because of the connection he establishes with players on an emotional level, according to Steffen Freund.

Klopp won The Best FIFA Men's Coach award for 2019 after leading Liverpool to Champions League glory and a club-record Premier League points tally of 97 last season.

The 52-year-old has helped the Reds build up a sizeable early advantage in this season's title race, too, with last Sunday's 1-1 draw at Manchester United ending an eight-game winning streak this term that has seen them move six points clear of City at the top of the table.

Former Borussia Dortmund star Freund watched Klopp work magic at his old club between 2008 and 2015, winning back-to-back Bundesliga titles, the 2012 DFB-Pokal and reaching the 2013 Champions League final.

While he admires BVB boss Lucien Favre, who ran Bayern Munich close in last term's title tussle, Freund would always prefer to see Klopp in charge at Signal Iduna Park.

"That is, of course, the wonderful thing when you compare the coaches: Lucien Favre and Jurgen Klopp," Freund told Omnisport, speaking courtesy of the UEFA Champions League Trophy Tour, driven by the new Nissan Juke.

"Favre is calm and well-balanced, with a good tactical instinct. But I would always prefer Jurgen Klopp, because he is the coach who can also reach players emotionally because he himself is like that, and because he knows that the day has come when he will sweep the players along with special moments, through his emotions.

"And that's why Jurgen is the best in the world right now."

Freund thinks the "passion" Klopp has helped to instil within his Liverpool squad will serve them well in the title race - particularly when their form deserts them.

"If you look at the Premier League so far, everything is playing for Liverpool," said Freund. "Even their own games are won late. It's not always good football, but they have played with a lot of passion. Jurgen Klopp also exemplifies this passion.

"They also have the necessary luck at the moment, but because I also played in the Premier League for five years and I also worked there as an assistant coach [with Tottenham], there will come a phase where Liverpool will lose.

"It looks so safe and clear at the moment, but that's not how they play. And then the question is how quickly they get back into the corner. Along with Manchester City, Liverpool are favourites for the title."

Christian Eriksen would shine at Bayern Munich if his time at Tottenham is winding to a close, says ex-Spurs midfielder Steffen Freund.

Eriksen missed Saturday's 1-1 draw against Watford with a dead leg and has been in and out of Mauricio Pochettino's first XI during a fitful start to the season, which finds Spurs lying seventh in the Premier League with three wins from nine matches.

The Denmark playmaker is expected to return for Tuesday's crunch Champions League clash against Red Star Belgrade, where Tottenham will look to bounce back from a chastening 7-2 thrashing at home to Bayern.

Speculation over Eriksen's future has been rife in recent months, with his contract set to expire at the end of the season.

Despite the influence of Harry Kane and Son Heung-min, Freund believes the 27-year-old remains the key man at Tottenham – an outstanding assist for Yussuf Poulsen in Denmark's 1-0 win over Switzerland in Euro 2020 qualification this month underlining his quality.

"Sure, Eriksen makes the difference for Tottenham. This is one of the reasons why Tottenham are struggling at the moment," Freund told Omnisport, speaking courtesy of the UEFA Champions League Trophy Tour, driven by the new Nissan Juke.

"He was a difference-maker for them. Yes, they have Kane and Son, but Christian Eriksen with his free-kicks, maybe you saw his assist against Switzerland - he is on the sideline, looks one way but sees Poulsen on the other side and plays a perfect no-look pass.

"He has incredible quality. And Bayern can use this quality any time."

Bayern visit Olympiacos in possession of top spot in Group B but they have not been as authoritative domestically this season.

Chasing an eighth consecutive Bundesliga title, Niko Kovac's side are third after their weekend draw at Augsburg – the fourth time in eight top-flight matches they have failed to take three points.

Ex-Germany midfielder Steffen Freund believes Joachim Low's side are not capable of winning Euro 2020.

Germany have not won the event since 1996, when they beat the Czech Republic in a Wembley final.

Next year's edition of the tournament will also conclude at Wembley and Germany have a strong recent record, having been finalists in 2008 before finishing third in 2012 and 2016.

But Germany did not make it out of the group stages at last year's FIFA World Cup and Freund said the side's depth is a problem.

"We have no chance of winning the Euro [2020]," Freund told Omnisport, speaking courtesy of the UEFA Champions League Trophy Tour, driven by the new Nissan Juke.

"You will always have injured players and we need everybody healthy … in the past, World Cup 2002 for example, an easy start [and] so you can get on a run.

"This could be possible because this time, 24 teams will play [at the Euros].

"Of course I hope Germany will be able to win the Euro [2020], but I can't imagine it at the moment."

Freund said that Germany's recent form showed why they are unlikely to seriously contend at Euro 2020, citing the first half of a 3-0 win against Estonia in Tallinn earlier this month as the perfect example.

It took a below-par Germany 51 minutes to open their account in that fixture.

"Looking at the team, there are many talented players new in the team," Freund added.

"There were so many players injured during the last two games – that was not great and you could see in the first half against Estonia, how far away we are from the best in Europe, especially when we are missing key players.

"I'm not even talking about the world's top."

Germany sit second in Group C of Euro 2020 qualifying, with five wins from six matches.

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