After taking Borussia Dortmund to unthinkable heights in the Bundesliga, Jurgen Klopp moved on to Anfield in a bid to do the same with a Liverpool side that has slowly lost its command at the top.
Now another European maestro, Pep Guardiola is all set to take over an EPL club after the end of the season and Klopp who was his biggest competitor in Germany, has warned the Spanish manager about the challenges the Premier League throws at him.
Ever since he took up the job at Anfield, Klopp has had to adjust to a wide variety of issues such as the wind in the country and the number of games the clubs play.
With Guardiola closing in on a move to the EPL, the German said that he should be careful with the things that change in England.
“We knew about it, but to feel it is different,” Klopp said. “Pep is so experienced, for sure. I’m sure he will buy a few players and have a good team, have 35 players or whatever. I don’t have to tell Pep Guardiola anything because he is that experienced.
“I have had a similar situation before with injuries, but with the winter break, they come back. 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 [after the Capital One Cup first-leg win at Stoke] ‘yeah, you’re in the final again!’
“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. With a perfect pre-season you are prepared for a long, long journey. What I can say about here is very positive, great country, great people, the food is much better than everybody said. OK, the weather is not great – like everyone said!”
Klopp’s Liverpool are in the midst of an injury crisis and are looking at possible transfers with the market open. The German will have to come up with better plans to take Liverpool to the top of the table come the end of the season.
Guardiola on the other end is destined to move to England after the season and will surely feel the heat with him having to adjust to a number of things that will be new to him.