‘I will miss him a lot’ - Pep Guardiola sends emotional farewell message to Jurgen Klopp after Liverpool exit

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The Manchester City manager said Klopp has been an ‘important part’ of his life.

Pep Guardiola has sent an emotional parting message to Jurgen Klopp after the German’s final game in charge of Liverpool.

Klopp departed with a 2-0 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers on Sunday, as Liverpool secured a third-place finish.

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As for City, they wrapped up a sixth Premier League title in seven years after beating West Ham United 3-1 on the final day of the season, and a record-breaking fourth league triumph in a row. This time around, it was Mikel Arteta and Arsenal who pushed City all the way, like Klopp has done so often.

Before his final game in charge, the 56-year-old praised Guardiola’s achievements and said that four titles in a row would not be possible under anyone else. “Whatever has happened at Manchester City, Pep Guardiola is the best manager in the world - and that is really important,” claimed Klopp.

Asked about those words, an emotional Guardiola teared up and praised the impact of the outgoing manager. “I will miss him a lot. Jurgen has been a really important part of my life. He brought me to another level as a manager.

“We respect each other incredibly. I have the feeling that he will be back. I just want to say thank you so much for his words but he knows that behind me there is a lot that this club provides me and gives to me, otherwise alone I can't do it. I'm humble enough to understand that.

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“He helps me with his team, he has been a huge competitor in my life. Still many moments I didn't discover the way I can punish them like I can find for other teams. With him it has been so difficult. I'm pretty sure Mikel will continue his legacy to drive us to another level.

“I wish him all the best and hope his final game was special, he deserved it. He made Liverpool recognised with his stamp, and the incredible pride of being a Liverpool fan. People say ‘how many titles did you win?’. It's not just about titles, there are personalities that when they arrive in one place they stay forever and Jurgen and Liverpool will be part of the level of [Bill] Shankly and [Bob] Paisley and these incredible legends.”

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