Pep Guardiola wants to have this ‘special moment’ after his final meeting with Jurgen Klopp

By Shyam
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Pep Guardiola

Before maybe their last managerial meeting, Pep Guardiola has made a unique request of Jurgen Klopp.

Two of the greatest managers in history, Guardiola and Klopp, initially faced off when they were in Germany, where they were employed by Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund, respectively.

Then, as English football entered a new era and Manchester City and Liverpool battled for crowns, they reignited the country’s healthy rivalry.

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The last six Premier League titles have been shared by City and Liverpool, with the Reds coming very close to winning the title twice in addition to their 2019–20 victory.

There has always been mutual respect between Guardiola and Klopp, even in the face of extreme pressure. With Klopp departing at the end of the season, they might be occupying different dugouts for the last time at Anfield on Sunday.

Guardiola also desires to eventually have a supper with Klopp.

As per the Liverpool Echo, the Spanish legend said: “Sometimes [we speak] in the corridor before the press conference but when we were honoured to get in the [Premier League] Hall of Fame we spent time with families but in terms of lunch or dinners, it never happened.

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“We have to decide who pays, that’s why we didn’t do it. I think it’s going to happen sooner or later, I would love it.”

Guardiola spoke with Klopp over the phone when the manager of Liverpool announced in January that he would be leaving the position after nine years.

Although the 56-year-old is unsure if their connection qualifies as a friendship, he is open to getting together again in the future to discuss their accomplishments.

Klopp commented: “While we are in charge of our respective clubs, why should we have a friendship or relationship?

By Shyam
Shyam Sharma who joined SPORTS BIG NEWS in 2021. Focuses on soccer – chiefly the Premier League, LaLiga, UEFA Champions League, Liga MX and MLS. On occasion, also covers American sports, general news and entertainment. Fascinated by the language of sport – particularly the under-appreciated art of translating cliché-speak.