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Pep Guardiola supports Jurgen Klopp’s return to management, calling him the “greatest rival of my career.”

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  • Klopp will leave Liverpool at the end of the season.

Pep Guardiola made light of the fact that he will sleep better if Jurgen Klopp leaves Liverpool and predicted that his old opponent will eventually go back into management.

After nine years as manager, Klopp shocked everyone on Friday morning by announcing that he will be leaving Anfield at the end of the current campaign.

A year after Klopp moved to Merseyside, Guardiola joined City. The two have been competing for the top spot in English football nearly continuously ever since, with the German ending Liverpool’s 30-year title drought in 2020.

“I will sleep better. Before playing against Liverpool was always a nightmare”

They have faced off against one other more than any other manager, having done so 29 times in total. They had previously been at odds for two years in Germany, with Guardiola at Bayern Munich and Klopp at Borussia Dortmund.

Since then, the two teams have faced off in the Premier League fifteen times in what Guardiola once called a “beautiful” rivalry. City has won five of the matches, Liverpool has won four, and the remaining six have ended in draws.

Guardiola declared, “I will sleep better.” His team is presently five points behind champions Liverpool, but they still have a game left. It was always a nightmare to play Liverpool before.

He will undoubtedly be missed. Everyone was shocked by it. We as Manchester City will lose something, because without him and without Liverpool, we cannot identify our current era.

“He is the best rival I have had in my career. The Premier League will miss his charisma and personality. I wish him all the best.”

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After leaving Liverpool, Klopp intends to take a year off before assessing his feelings. However, he has ruled out going back to managing in England.

Guardiola, who took a year off from football after leaving Barcelona in 2012 to take over as manager of Bayern Munich, is certain that the German will eventually return to the dugout.

“He won’t admit it, but he will be back,” the Spaniard continued. I am aware of that. When he has recharged his energies, perhaps in ten years. I predict that this personality will resurface. I’m not sure about the national team.

“Nine years in the same place, maybe he needs to breathe, to step back. At Barcelona I had that feeling.

“But football needs personalities like him. Hopefully next season we will have time to go out for dinner together.”

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