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Jurgen Klopp has warned Pep Guardiola he won’t have things his own way as much in the Premier League as he did in Spain and Germany.
Next Manchester City boss Guardiola is following the same trail from the Bundesliga blazed by Klopp earlier this season, when he fulfilled what he admits was a lifelong dream to take over the reigns at Liverpool.
Kop boss Klopp is the first to admit he has had his eyes opened by the ferocity of competition in English football, and he has delivered a stark message to his friend Guardiola that he is entering a very different world to the one he’s used to.
“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,” Klopp explained of the Spaniard.
“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.”
Stoke’s former Man City boss Mark Hughes agreed with Klopp that Guardiola will be shocked by the Premier League, despite his huge success with Barca and Bayern.
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.”