Guardiola is the best manager of our era’: Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp hails Manchester City rival

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp insists his Manchester City rival Pep Guardiola is the ‘best manager in of our era’ and says he has no problem in admitting that to the Spaniard.

The pair have been going head-to-head at the top of the Premier League and Bundesliga since Guardiola arrived at Bayern Munich in 2013.

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Klopp has, however, overtaken Guardiola this season by transforming Liverpool into a world-class team that have become Premier League title winners and European champions.

The German has nothing but respect for Guardiola as he hails his managerial abilities.

‘I respect what he’s doing. When we meet, I want to beat him. But I have absolutely no problem with admitting my 100% honest opinion that he is the best manager of our era,’ he told Robbie Savage’s Premier League Breakfast and BBC Radio 5 Live.

‘That’s no problem for me. That doesn’t cost me confidence or whatever.’

‘I have fought so often so hard against teams of Pep Guardiola. I don’t know how many years… about four, three in Germany. I was not even close to the Pep Guardiola teams, so I had a different road to reach that battle.’

Guardiola and Klopp spent years in the Germany top-flight going head to head with Borussia Dortmund and Bayer Munich.

Guardiola spent three seasons in Munich between 2013 and 2016, winning the Bundesliga every year and the DFB Cup in 2014 and 2016.

While Dortmund finished sixth and then fifth during Klopp’s first two years, but went on to win back-to-back Bundesliga titles, plus a German Cup win in the 2011-12 campaign.

Though it was heartbreak for Klopp once more as Dortmund lost the UEFA Champions League final to Guardiola’s Munich in 2013.

Despite having one of the most memorable managerial rivalries in the top-flight, Klopp claims that his family get on well with Guardiola’s.

‘I like him. I really admire what he’s doing. We met last season twice, I think in a different surrounding with all families, which was really nice. So they liked each other as well. So that was all good,’ he said.

Despite knocking Guardiola off the Premier League top spot this season, the Spaniard managed to get one up on Klopp as his side beat Liverpool 4-0 in their recent clash.

It was Kevin De Bruyne, Raheem Sterling and Phil Foden that scored to put City into a commanding lead at the break before Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s own goal saw Liverpool fall to their most substantial defeat of the season.

Klopp claimed his side had shown a ‘brilliant attitude’ despite the losing 4-0, but took issue with the focus on the result.

He said: ‘I didn’t read the newspapers obviously, but I’m pretty sure that the main headline was probably the result. But I liked the attitude.

‘The problem is key moments. It was a good game from us, but we could have lost six nil, so it’s a bit strange. The intensity with which we defended, especially in the first 25 minutes, was exceptional.’

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