Pep Guardiola says Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has made him a better manager following Manchester City’s latest Premier League title success.
Guardiola, who last year signed a two-year deal extending his stay at the club until 2023, has now won three Premier League titles and eight major trophies at the Etihad and could add to that haul with a Champions League final against Chelsea to come later this month.
Klopp, who has also competed against Guardiola in the Bundesliga when the pair were in charge of Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich respectively, sent the Spaniard a congratulatory message and called him the best manager in the world on Wednesday.
“I appreciate it a lot, he and [Everton manager] Carlo Ancelotti have done it, so I appreciate it a lot – both of them. I haven’t had a chance to answer messages yet, but I will do today. I admire both of them,” Guardiola said.
“Jurgen, of course, is an inspiration for me and he has made me – through his teams in Borussia Dortmund and Liverpool – a better manager.
“He made me think a lot about the games and everything, so I appreciate it a lot.”
City reclaimed the title from Liverpool and were crowned 2020/21 Premier League champions on Tuesday following Manchester United’s defeat by Leicester.