Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp insists his Manchester City counterpart Pep Guardiola is the “best manager in the world” and says he has no problem finishing second to the Spaniard.
Klopp and Guardiola have been challenging each other since the latter arrived at Bayern Munich in 2013
Klopp’s Borrussia Dortmund have played second fiddle to Bayern Munich during Guardiola’s reign, while Liverpool have never won the league the too.
The German does not however view his relationship with Guardiola as a typical rivalry.
He said: “I’m lucky that I can say that my teams were at least close to his teams because I’ve said a lot of times, I think he is the best manager in the world.
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“What he is doing with his team is incredible. The way they play, I really like to watch.
“Pep and I, we are different, so our teams mirror our character. He is much finer than I am as a person so he is the gentleman and I look how I look on the touchline. Probably a bit more intense maybe.
“There’s no rivalry left or right of football. We respect each other lots but on the pitch we want to beat them, that’s normal.
“At the end of the season in most of the seasons he has still won the league. In Germany always, and in England so far as well. That’s how it is but I can easily live with that because I have no problem with being second even when I want to be first.”
Liverpool currently sit 10 points clear at the top of the Premier League, 14 ahead of City, meaning Klopp is well set to finally triumph over Guardiola.Copyright © 2020 Completesports.com All rights reserved. The information contained in Completesports.com may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without the prior written authority of Completesports.com.