Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has warned incoming Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola that he will find it much more difficult to manage in England compared to in Spain or Germany.
Guardiola was officially announced to become the new City manager at the end of the season, replacing Manuel Pellegrini with the club not extending the Chilean’s contract in the summer.
And Reds manager Klopp, who faced Guardiola when they were both in the Bundesliga, has welcomed the former midfielder into the English top flight but also revealed that he will find it quite difficult to adapt.
“He will enjoy this league because it is a great league and a real competition and he is a real competitor – that is what he wants,” he is quoted by The Mirror.
“But I don’t think that it will be the same situation as he had in Spain, with Barcelona on the top level, or in Germany with Bayern on the top level.
“Manchester City is a club with not too bad possibilities on the financial side, shall we say, and Pep Guardiola is a really smart person — he won’t have chosen Man City because of his friendship with a few people there.
“So they won’t have the worst team in the world next year but I love this football because that doesn’t mean everything. As we have shown once or twice, you can beat these teams – that’s for sure.”
Former Man City boss and current Stoke City gaffer Mark Huges has also agreed with Klopp, warning that taking over the helm at an English club is no piece of cake despite his recent successes.
He said: “Until he gets here, nobody [really] knows what he can bring to the Premier League because it’s unlike any other league in world football.
“Although he’s a very successful manager, the Premier League is a little bit different so that will take a little bit of adaptation. But you sense he won’t have a problem with that.”
Guardiola is seen as one the world’s best managers, but will also be the highest earner when he signs a contract worth £15.2m-per-year.