Pep Guardiola has paid a special tribute to the job done by Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool as the Reds continue to struggle in the defence of their Premier League title.
The reigning champions were expected to battle for the crown again but have been beset by injuries. They have also struggled to find the fluency and energy in their game that was there in abundance last season.
After three successive league defeats, Klopp’s men are out of the top four and 13 points behind leaders City.
Next up for Liverpool is a Champions League clash with RB Leipzig on Tuesday evening while City are preparing for a league clash with Everton.
Pep’s men have won an incredible 16 games in a row in all competitions, but the City chief was asked about Klopp’s current plight in his press conference ahead of the game at Goodison.
He said of Klopp: “A lot [of sympathy], what he produces in world football is exceptional. I say many times in previous seasons. His philosophy makes football attractive for all spectators.
“For world football, there’s no doubts.
“We all have good moments and bad moments, no manager can sustain seasons and seasons to win. It would be boring.
“Sometimes you have to lose, I speak personally, sometimes it’s good to lose to realise how difficult it is.
“When you come back and win games you get more credit.”
Alaba up for grabs after making Bayern decision
David Alaba has confirmed the inevitable by announcing his departure from Bayern Munich at the end of the season.
Alaba has spent the vast majority of his career with Bayern, becoming one of the most decorated footballers on the planet.
The defender, who has been linked with the likes of Liverpool, Manchester United and Chelsea, has won 24 trophies with Bayern since making his senior debut as a 17-year-old in 2010.
Now 28, Alaba is in the prime of his career and was a key part of Bayern’s success in the Champions League last season. But his time in Munich is coming to an end.
Alaba is in the final six months of his contract with Bayern. It has long since been known that there was no intention for him to renew his deal.
Instead, the Austria international is seeking a new challenge. With his services available for free, there will be plenty of interest in his signature.
Now, he has explained his decision to leave Bayern for pastures new. Read more…