Klopp: Wenger a ‘football maniac’ and a high-quality manager

Date published: Wednesday 13th January 2016 3:21

Jurgen Klopp and Arsene Wenger: Face each other on opening day

Jurgen Klopp admits his admiration for Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has been raised a few notches since becoming Liverpool manager.

Klopp’s Reds host Wenger’s table-topping Gunners in a mouth-watering Premier League clash at Anfield on Wednesday.

Although the pair have clashed on six previous occasions when then-Borussia Dortmund boss Klopp faced off with the Gunners in the Champions League group stages of 2011, 2012 and 2014, the German admits he only fully appreciated the job job Wenger has done for the Gunners since he himself moved to English football.

“My respect goes up day by day because it’s really intensive to work in the Premier League, especially in a team with international matches (for their players) too,” Klopp said.

“He had always my biggest respect but now it’s a little bit bigger since I’m here. That’s really a brilliant job he’s done – 19-and-a-half years.

“He’s a high-quality manager, one of the best in the world for sure. This long period, it’s really rare that you can do this but he did. He’s a football maniac, in the best (sense of the word).

“It was always a challenge to play against him and again a challenge that I’m looking forward to.”

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