Jurgen Klopp says English football may surprise Pep Guardiola
By Matthew Treadwell
Last Updated: 11/01/16 4:28pm
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has warned Pep Guardiola he could be in for a shock if he comes to manage in the Premier League.
Guardiola will leave Bayern Munich when his contract expires at the end of the season and has confirmed that a job in England is his preferred option.
Manchester City are odds-on favourites with bookmakers to grant the Spaniard's wish but Klopp offered a few words of caution for the former Barcelona coach.
Liverpool face Arsenal on Wednesday and Manchester United on Sunday in key Premier League contests before taking on Exeter in an FA Cup third-round replay three days later and Klopp admits such scheduling came as a surprise.
"Pep is so experienced," said Klopp. "I'm sure he will buy a few players and have a good team, have 35 players or whatever.
"The number of games is the biggest difference. When I came here, I didn't know there were two rounds in the semi-final of the Capital One Cup.
"I had people in Germany, saying 'yeah, you're in the final again'. Idiots!
"In Germany, when you tell people about the FA Cup that if you draw you play again, they say 'what?'. Here, you have penalties and extra time, but only after the second game.
"That's the thing, it's the number of games - football, football, football."
Jordon Ibe became the 13th victim of the club's current injury crisis after suffering a hamstring strain in the Capital One Cup semi-final, first-leg victory over Stoke.
Ibe is one of seven Liverpool players currently ruled out due to hamstring problems and the former Borussia Dortmund manager admits he is used to having a winter break in matches to help injured players regain fitness.
"I have had a similar situation before with injuries, but with the winter break, they come back," he added.
"What I can say about here is very positive, great country, great people, the food is much better than everybody said. Okay, the weather is not great - like everyone said."