Guardiola had Messi to succeed at Barca, not now - Klopp

EPL By: Linus Onyeze | 18/03/2017

Jurgen Klopp has bared his mind on what he thinks about this weekend's rival, Pep Guardiola.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has suggested Pep Guardiola’s success can be traced to him having had very good teams in the past at Barcelona and Bayern Munich and also playing in leagues that didn’t have enough quality teams.

The Liverpool boss has been speaking ahead of their meeting with Manchester City this weekend, and while he says he has plenty of respect for Guardiola, he has insisted that the former Barca boss will find it hard to dominate English football like he did in Spain and Germany.

“I am not in doubt about his quality. Maybe a few people are but I am not. I respect him a lot. Could he have won a few games more? Yes.

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“But you know it, the difficulty of this league and the quality of the players around. The squad Pep had at Barcelona was the perfect role model for a win-win situation.

“Real Madrid are always there, Atletico Madrid sometimes, but the rest are not as good, or not good enough to challenge Barcelona. In Germany, there is not a second team, though we tried at Dortmund.

“So if they are on 70 to 80 per cent, 60 per cent maybe… [they still win] Here, we don’t have this. We lost to Hull. They’re playing really good football.

"They’re a good side, but maybe next year, they could be relegated and not in the Premier League.

“That’s the quality of the Premier League. A lot of teams have a lot of money and a lot of teams have a lot of good players and that is the one thing which makes it really difficult in England.”

Klopp also suggested it is difficult for Guardiola to reenact his feat at Barcelona with Manchester City because he does not have Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta and Xavi Hernandez.

“A team without Messi or with Messi? Come on. A team with Iniesta or without Iniesta? A team with Xavi at his best or without? That’s the difference,” he added.

“You can’t compare one with the other. You can see what he wants. That is probably the most important thing if you judge a manager.

“In football, it’s not the only way, but it’s a way, and it’s his way, and that’s obviously completely OK.”