Jurgen Klopp says he believes the Champions League is a more important competition to win than the Premier League, but admits that he might only be saying that because that is the only trophy his team can win this season.
Speaking in his pre-Champions League final press conference, Klopp was asked whether he agreed with Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola that the league was more important.
Via Neil Jones, he responded with a smile, saying: “Pep has to say that because he was not in the Champions League final for a while!”
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Guardiola has not reached the Champions League final since 2013 when he beat Klopp’s Borussia Dortmund side with Bayern Munich at Wembley, but clearly the response was more of a joke from the German than anything more provoking.
Klopp quickly added: “He’s a great manager and deserves all the praise he gets.”
The Champions League remains the trophy that eludes City, even if Guardiola will not publicly admit it, and for the Reds to have made consecutive finals must be annoying for them.
Win on Saturday, and the talk all through the summer will be about the Reds until the start of next season. We simply have to get the job done!