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Guardiola will struggle at Manchester City: Klopp


Pep Guardiola has been warned not to expect the same level of success in England as he has enjoyed until now in his shimmering managerial career. Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp looked ahead to renewing his rivalry with Guardiola by insisting it will be harder for him to replicate his trophy-laden spells with Barcelona and Bayern Munich in the Premier League.

Klopp, who came up against Guardiola during his time at Borussia Dortmund, believes the competitive nature of the English top flight will provide a different challenge. He outlined his desire for Liverpool to make life difficult for the Spaniard.

“Manchester City is a club with not too bad possibilities on the financial side, shall we say, and Pep Guardiola is a really smart person,” he said. “He won’t have chosen Man City because of his friendship with a few people there. They won’t have the worst team in the world next year, but I love football because that doesn’t mean everything.

“As we have shown once or twice, you can beat these teams. That’s for sure.

“He will enjoy the league because it is a great league and a real competition and he is a real competitor. That is what he wants.

“I don’t think that it will be the same situation as he had in Spain, with Barcelona on the top level, or in Germany with Bayern on the top level, but of course Man City has good possibilities. We will try to beat them.”

Klopp also insisted departing City manager Pellegrini would not necessarily be a “lame duck” over the final four months now his successor is in place.

The German announced last April his decision to leave Dortmund at the end of the 2014-15 campaign and said there was no downing of tools from his squad.

“I was really, really close with my team and the whole club,” said Klopp, who faces Pellegrini in the Capital One Cup final on February 28. “Okay, I made the decision but everybody knew about it. I told the players and there was no party afterwards, it was only, as one player said, ‘Okay, let’s enjoy the last few months we have together’. That’s what we did.

“In Germany we use the same phrase as you do here – a lame duck. A lot of people thought it could be like this but it wasn’t for us, thankfully.

“We didn’t have big success because we didn’t win the cup final but we were completely in the race, completely focused and nothing changed.”

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