Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp spoke highly of each other in an award ceremony.
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola and Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp sat down to dine together after the Football Writers’ Association award ceremony.
Guardiola and Klopp competed against each other in the Premier League last season which ultimately ended in disappointment for the German boss. But the sorrow was shortlived as Liverpool managed to land the UEFA Champions League trophy.
As reported by Talksport, the rival managers left their hatred on the pitch and spoke about each other in a friendly way.
“I told Pep what I did last year when [Vincent] Kompany scored this screamer against Leicester,” Klopp said.
“The whole season was completely fine. I thought anyway that they would win, what they did all the time, but in this game… second, by second, I started hoping.
“And then I saw Leicester getting tired and I was really angry with them in that moment.
“And then Kompany scores from outside the box; the first goal for Vincent Kompany, it was a good moment.”
Next up was Pep Guardiola who reminded how tough it was for him to see Liverpool refusing to drop points.
“What Jurgen doesn’t know,” Pep began, “what he felt with that Vincent Kompany goal, I felt like that every week when his team would score in the last minute every time.
“Every time I thought, ‘this time, this time… it’s going to happen. But it never happened,” Guardiola told.
“I think last season was the most difficult [title] because of the quality [Liverpool] have. It’s difficult; always I learn how to play against Jurgen Klopp’s team.
“I would like to win my [Champions League] trophy back, and I am pretty sure he would like to win that one [Premier League].
“Maybe we can swap?” Pep Guardiola joked.