Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola made a bone-in joke that his rival and best friend Jurgen Klopp will leave Liverpool, saying, “I will be able to sleep comfortably in the future.”
Liverpool announced on its website on the 26th that Klopp will take down the baton at the end of the 2023-24 season.
Klopp left Dortmund Germany in 2015 and took the helm of Liverpool before running on a successful path.
Liverpool, which had been in a slump for a while, won the EPL in the 2019-20 season under Klopp, as well as the UEFA Champions League 2019, the English Football Association FA Cup, and the Carabao Cup.
Liverpool leads the league this season with 14 wins, 6 draws and 1 loss 48 points.
Klopp’s contract was still until 2026, but he expressed his desire to rest for the time being after the season was over due to burnout, and the club also accepted.
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola, who won 1-0 in the FA Cup round of 32 against Tottenham Hotspur on the 27th, expressed his honest feelings about the news of his longtime rival’s resignation.
“I will be able to sleep better,” he said with a smile. “For a few days before the game against Liverpool, it was like a nightmare. Of course, I will miss Klopp and I was shocked to hear the news. It felt like I lost part of Manchester City.”
Guardiola expressed his sincerity toward his best friend, Klopp.
“It is difficult to define our team without Klopp and Liverpool. We have been the biggest rivals since he was in Dortmund and I was in Bayern Munich Germany. The Premier League will miss his charisma, personality and how he plays the team.”
Furthermore, Guardiola said, “Klopp will return with his own personality and energy someday,” stressing, “I don’t know if he will be a national team or another team, but we need someone like him in the soccer world.” 스포츠토토