Klopp: Pep Guardiola in for a shock
LONDON — Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has warned Pep Guardiola he could be in for a shock if he comes to manage in the Premier League.
Guardiola has confirmed he will leave his current role as Bayern Munich head coach at the end of the season, with the former Barcelona coach reportedly linked with moves to a number of Premier League clubs, including Manchester City and Manchester United.
But Klopp believes the volume of matches in England may come as a surprise to Guardiola.
The Reds boss admits he did not even realise cup matches in England went to replays with his injury-hit side scheduled to face Arsenal on Wednesday and Manchester United on Sunday in key Premier League contests, before they take on Exeter in an FA Cup third round replay three days later.
“Pep is so experienced,” said Klopp. “I’m sure he will buy a few players and have a good team, have 35 players or whatever.
“The number of games is the biggest difference. When I came here, I didn’t know there were two rounds in the semi-final of the Capital One Cup.
“I had people in Germany, saying ‘yeah, you’re in the final again’. Idiots!
“In Germany, when you tell people about the FA Cup that if you draw you play again, they say ‘what?’. Here, you have penalties and extra time, but only after the second game.
“That’s the thing, it’s the number of games — football, football, football.”
Jordon Ibe became the 13th victim of the club’s current injury crisis after suffering a hamstring strain in the Capital One Cup semi-final, first leg victory over Stoke.
Jurgen Klopp (right) locked horns with pep guardiola when he worked in germany.