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Klopp acknowledges Guardiola as the "outstanding manager" ahead of final Premier League showdown

Posted : 09 March 2024

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has emphasized that his long-standing competitive history with Manchester City's Pep Guardiola is not a rivalry but rather a testament to Guardiola being the "outstanding manager" of Klopp's lifetime.


As Klopp prepares for his final Premier League clash against Guardiola in his current role, he acknowledged Guardiola's achievements, with the Spanish coach securing 14 major trophies since joining City in 2016.


Despite having a slight edge in their head-to-head encounters, Klopp expressed admiration for Guardiola's managerial prowess, highlighting the mutual respect they share. Klopp emphasized that their approaches to the game differ, recognizing the subjective nature of managerial comparisons and praising Guardiola's team's playing style.


Klopp, who will step down as Liverpool manager at the end of the season, acknowledged that Sunday's game against City could be a significant encounter but downplayed it as the last opportunity to face Guardiola, leaving room for potential future meetings in competitions like the FA Cup.


Reflecting on their managerial styles, Klopp noted that Guardiola's teams' playing style might appeal to some, while others may prefer Klopp's approach.


Despite the competitive nature of their clashes, Klopp expressed that facing Guardiola's teams has never been a source of frustration for him. In conclusion, Klopp acknowledged his positive head-to-head record against Guardiola, maintaining a balanced perspective on their respective managerial strengths.


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