Ilkay Güdogan, the Manchester City playmaker, insisted that he was given a choice between Manchester City and Liverpool and he was certain that he wanted to work with Pep Guardiola despite a great relationship with Jürgen Klopp.
The Germany international signed Manchester City back in 2016 for a fee of £24.3 million – before that, he used to play for Borussia Dortmund and he managed to win the Bundesliga, DFB Pokal and reached the Champions League final under Jürgen Klopp’s guidance as the German coach used to be in charge of this club at that time too.
The former BVB player admitted that he spoke with Klopp about a possible move as he said, according to ESPN: “I spoke with Jurgen about different things. He always liked me as a player and I would be a liar if I said he didn’t try. But when I had the opportunity to join City and work with Pep, it was quite clear that I wanted to come here. When I was a little bit down because of my injury, he was quite sure he was still going to try to buy me. That showed me it could never be the wrong decision to join this club. They are both great managers, great characters and very ambitious. I’ve been lucky.”
He continued by adding that a possible win over Liverpool would be a great thing: “It could be a big moment for us. Anfield is one of the hardest stages in the world and on good days Liverpool are able to beat any team in the world.”
In the end, Ilkay Gündogan insisted that it is going to be an attractive fixture: “It’s more exciting for everyone when you have two top teams who try to attack and try to create chances. I can imagine it’s not attractive for the spectators when we play teams with 10 players around their own box, just defending and hoping for a set-piece or throw-in, anything.”