Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder says Liverpool and Wolverhampton Wanderers have inspired his team this season.
The Blades have won many admirers themselves in 2019/20 following their promotion from the Championship.
In their first Premier League campaign in 12 years they are currently seventh in the table with 43 points after 28 matches. They have a game in hand over those directly above them, which if they were to win would take them as high as fifth.
It is an impressive achievement considering United were about to enter their sixth successive year in League One when Wilder took charge in 2016.
Two promotions have since followed, with the team and their boss earning plenty of praise. Yet it seems Wilder has been learning from those around him as well.
What the Sheffield United manager likes about Liverpool and Wolves
Before the season was indefinitely suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Reds were on course to win their first league title in 30 years.
They are top, with a 25-point gap between themselves and second-placed Manchester City. If the campaign resumes, they only need two more wins to secure the trophy.
Meanwhile, Wolves are building on their own impressive debut year back in the top flight. In 2018/19 they finished seventh and as things stand they are on course to better that this time around, currently sitting in sixth.
Yet it is their tactics and the connection bosses Jurgen Klopp and Nuno Espirito Santo have with the respective clubs that really impresses Wilder.
“I look at Liverpool – the relationship that Jurgen Klopp has with his players and the supporters; that togetherness makes them hugely successful and has done in the past,” the 52-year-old told The Football Show on Sky Sports.
“I’m a big admirer of Wolves and Nuno too. They’ve adjusted from a physical point of view in terms of recovery, they usually play the same team and you’ve seen how well they’ve done, whatever the competition.
“They’re ahead in terms of how much they have invested but they’re a brilliant example and their second season back in the Premier League has been just as good if not better than their first.”