Klopp: Pep Guardi­ola in for a shock

Lesotho Times - - News -

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.

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