Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has been praising Manchester City’s Pep Guardiola for his longevity as a manager.
Liverpool manager Klopp told TNT Sports when asked if he takes inspiration from long-serving greats of the game: “I never thought I will be one of them, so I forgot to look at them. It just happened. I’ve only had three clubs so each club has had a different story, a different starting point. What everybody wants to see - the CEOs, the presidents of the club - is that their team is in good hands, that they see development, that it goes in the right direction.
“For whatever reason, I don’t know exactly, I could deliver that somehow, and that’s why I was allowed to work longer in clubs. With Pep it is easier to see, because he wins everything, so why would you send him on the road?”
Klopp has been at Anfield since October 2015, while Guardiola took the reins at the Etihad Stadium in 2016.
Klopp has won one Premier League, one Champions League, one FA Cup and one League Cup during his stint in England, with Guardiola the more dominant manager in every aspect barring the one Champions League trophy they have both picked up during their time in England.
Both managers have a couple more years left on their current contracts, so the rivalry is expected to carry on for some time.