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Guardiola is Best Manager in the World – Klopp

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has lauded his Manchester City counterpart, Pep Guardiola, as the finest manager he has ever witnessed, setting the stage for what might be their last showdown.

For over a decade, Klopp and Guardiola have engaged in intense battles, initially in the Bundesliga and then dominating the Premier League scene. As they prepare for a potentially climactic face-off at Anfield, Klopp’s impending departure from Merseyside adds a poignant layer to their rivalry.

Although Liverpool holds a mere one-point advantage heading into the encounter, Klopp maintains a slightly better head-to-head record with 12 wins compared to Guardiola’s 11 in their 29 meetings. Nevertheless, Klopp unequivocally acknowledges Guardiola’s unparalleled stature in contemporary football.

“Pep is the best manager in the world. I have a really good life being not even close to that,” he said.

“I don’t know how could I judge managers from the past but in my lifetime he’s the outstanding manager. I see excellence when I face it and Pep is definitely that.

“I was never frustrated, I knew round about 3,000 footballers who were better than me and I still loved the game; the others who were better than me, I didn’t know them.

“I just got told I have a positive record against Pep… I have no clue how that happened to be honest.

“It made me a better manager trying to find solutions. I know I’m quite good at what I’m doing as well, I don’t want to sound like, ‘Oh my God, I’m just happy to be here’, but you ask me about the best: he’s the best. Bam.”

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