Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has warned newly appointed Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola that he will find life tougher in the Premier League.
City released a statement on their official website on Monday confirming that Guardiola had signed a three-year deal and will replace Manuel Pellegrini as the club’s manager ahead of the 2016/17 Premier League season.
Guardiola is currently on track to win his third successive Bundesliga title with Bayern München, which mirrors what he achieved during his time with Barcelona where he lead the Catalan giants to three La Liga titles from the 2008/09 season to the 2010/11 season.
However, while Klopp admitted that City have roped in “one of the best managers in the world”, he said that Guardiola will learn that winning silverware in the Premier League is a lot more difficult than in the Bundesliga and La Liga.
Klopp moved from BVB Dortmund to the Premier League this season and is still finding his footing, with Liverpool have only won 12 of their 26 games in all competitions under his leadership.
“I really wish all the people around the world the best of luck but we plan to avoid that!” the former BVB Dortmund manager told reporters. “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 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.
“We will see what happens but I cannot be interested in this now like everyone else is. I will see him for the first time maybe in July or August, that’s a long time from now. 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 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.”
Stoke City boss Mark Hughes, who managed City during the 2008/09 season, echoed Klopp’s sentiments and added that it may take Guardiola some time to adapt to the Premier League as he believes it is very different from the German and Spanish leagues.
“I don’t think the news itself is a surprise, maybe the timing of the announcement. It is very interesting,” he said. “The Premier League is unlike any other league in world football. He has been very successful, of course, but he will still need a bit of adaptation.”