Premier League managers Unai Emery and Mauricio Pochettino have paid glowing tributes to Jurgen Klopp, who confirmed that he will step down as Liverpool boss at the end of the season.
Klopp is regarded as one of the best managers in world football, having led Borussia Dortmund to win back-to-back Bundesliga titles in 2011 and 2012 before replacing Brendan Rodgers in 2015.
The German has won every single trophy available during his time at Anfield including the UEFA Champions League, Premier League, FIFA Club World Cup, FA Cup, League Cup, and UEFA Super Cup, as well as the FA Community Shield.
The 56-year-old will leave the club alongside his assistant managers Pepijn Lijnders and Peter Krawietz, as well as elite development coach Vitor Matos.
Speaking about Klopp’s surprise decision to leave the Reds at the end of the 2023/24 season, Emery said: “He has decided and we have to respect him. I appreciate him a lot as a person and a coach.
“We’ve been fighting but we’ve always been respectful. His career is amazing and he is a very good example for coaches and me as well.”
Liverpool are at the summit of the Premier League table and have reached the final of the Carabao Cup, while they are still in the Europa League and the Emirates FA Cup.
Mauricio Pochettino, who came up against Klopp while in charge of both Tottenham and Chelsea, said, “I was in shock when I saw the news. It’s really sad; we will miss him.
“When I was sacked from Tottenham, the first message was from him. I want to show my respect because the job with Liverpool is amazing.
“We have to respect his wish to rest.”
Meanwhile, Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola also took some time to praise Klopp.
He said after their win over Tottenham in the FA Cup on Friday night, “I will sleep better!
“The day before playing Liverpool, it was always a nightmare. We cannot define our period here without him, without Liverpool. The best rival I have ever had in my life.
”Of course I wish him all the best. He will not admit it but he will be back, I know it. Maybe in 10 years time.
“Football needs personalities and managers like him. Hopefully next year we can go for dinner together.”
Former Liverpool midfielder and current Bayer Leverkusen boss Xabi Alonso has been tipped to replace Klopp when he finally leaves in May.