Guardiola is best coach in the world, says Klopp
The Spaniard has confirmed he will leave Bayern Munich, starting a managerial scramble between some of England’s big boys including Manchester City and Chelsea.
And Klopp, who arrived at Liverpool following the departure of Brendan Rodgers, would look forward to going toe-to-toe with Guardiola again but admits it would make the Premier League tougher.
He told Bild: “If this rumour is as well-tuned as all the other transfer rumours here then Pep will go somewhere else completely.
“But if it really happens, then in comes perhaps the best coach in the world. That would make it that bit harder for all the other teams.”
The pair had some memorable clashes when Klopp managed Borussia Dortmund, with Guardiola labelling their rivalry as an ‘honour’.
Klopp has had an inconsistent start at Liverpool with some impressive away wins including Manchester City but being beaten by bottom-half sides like West Brom and Newcastle.
He takes his men to second-bottom Sunderland on Wednesday and they have the chance to close the gap on the top five.
Christian Benteke is in line to start after coming off the bench to score the only goal during the win over league leaders Leicester City on Boxing Day.