‘I have no problem admitting my 100% honest opinion that he is the best manager of our era’: Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp greets Manchester City rival Pep Guardiola … while open to admiring the Spaniard
- Jurgen Klopp insists that his rival Pep Guardiola is the ‘best manager in the world’
- The Liverpool manager says it doesn’t hurt his confidence to admit that
- The pair have been fighting each other since Guardiola arrived in Bayern Munich
- Klopp, however, beat Manchester City to the Premier League title this year
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp emphasizes that his Manchester City rival Pep Guardiola is the ‘best manager in our time’ and says he admits that to the Spaniard without any problem.
The duo has faced each other in the top of the Premier League and Bundesliga since Guardiola arrived in Bayern Munich in 2013.
However, Klopp has overtaken Guardiola this season by transforming Liverpool into a world-class team that have become Premier League title winners and European champions.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp emphasizes that his rival Pep Guardiola is the ‘best manager in the world’
The German has nothing but respect for Guardiola because he praises his administrative skills.
“I respect what he does. When we meet, I want to beat him. But I have absolutely no problem admitting my 100% honest opinion that he is the best manager of our time, ” he told Robbie Savage’s Premier League Breakfast and BBC Radio 5 Live.
“That’s no problem for me. That doesn’t cost me confidence or anything. ‘
“I have fought so hard against Pep Guardiola’s teams so many times. I don’t know how many years … about four or three in Germany. I wasn’t even close to the Pep Guardiola teams, so I had a different path to achieve that fight. ‘
Guardiola won the Bundesliga with Bayern Munich every year between 2013 and 2016
While Klopp won consecutive Bundesliga titles and a German cup win in the 2011-12 season
Guardiola and Klopp spent years in the German top flight and faced Borussia Dortmund and Bayer Munich.
Guardiola spent three seasons in Munich between 2013 and 2016, winning the Bundesliga and DFB Cup every year in 2014 and 2016.
While Dortmund finished sixth and fifth in Klopp’s first two years, but won the Bundesliga titles in a row, plus a German cup win in the 2011-12 campaign.
While again heartbreaking for Klopp, Dortmund lost the UEFA Champions League final to Guardiola’s Munich in 2013.
Despite having one of the most memorable top-class administrative rivalries, Klopp claims his family gets along well with Guardiola’s.
‘I like him. I really admire what he does. We met twice last season, I think in a different environment with all the families, which was a lot of fun. So they loved each other too. So that was all right, ”he said.
Klopp recently lost 4-0 to Manchester City, but claimed his party had shown a ‘brilliant attitude’
The result came shortly after Liverpool had won the title for the first time in 30 years
Despite Guardiola knocking from the Premier League top spot this season, the Spaniard managed to get one over Klopp when his squad defeated Liverpool 4-0 in their recent collision.
It was Kevin De Bruyne, Raheem Sterling and Phil Foden who scored to give City an impressive lead over the break before Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s own goal saw Liverpool drop to their most substantial defeat of the season.
Klopp claimed that despite losing 4-0, his side had shown a ‘brilliant attitude’, but took the focus on the result.
He said, “Of course I didn’t read the papers, but I’m pretty sure the headline was probably the result. But I liked the attitude.
“The problem are key moments. It was a good game for us, but we could have lost six to zero, so it’s a bit strange. The intensity with which we defended, especially in the first 25 minutes, was exceptional. ‘
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