Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola was full of praise for Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp ahead of their imperative Premier league clash on Sunday at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, England.
Both Guardiola and Klopp share their reverent rivalry since their German Bundesliga spells as both of them were in charge of Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund, respectively.
While speaking to media during his pre-match presser, the 46-year-old former Barcelona manager thoroughly expressed his high regard for the Anfield manager.
“He is a charismatic trainer. I admire him a lot. He is a top trainer,” Guardiola said in a statement.
“As a foreign trainer going to Germany, when he had a lot of success, how he took care of me. The first day when I lost the UEFA Supercup, how gentle he was, and when he won and I won,” Guardiola said.
“Of course the way we play is completely different, I am Catalan and he is German so the influence is completely different,” Guardiola mentioned.
Guardiola also added that Klopp celebrates goals much better than him and he hugs his players better than him.
“It is always a pleasure to face the big trainers in the world and test myself against them,” Guardiola concluded.
Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool emerged victorious when both managers collided for the first in the English Premier League back in December.
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