Guardiola gives sympathetic response to "exceptional" Klopp after criticism

Pep Guardiola has hailed the "exceptional" Jurgen Klopp and says he has sympathy for the under-pressure Liverpool manager.

Klopp this week insisted "nobody has to worry about me" as he dismissed suggestions he could take a break or quit his post after a difficult time in both his professional and personal life.

Klopp admitted his side's Premier League title defence was over after suffering three successive defeats, a run the Reds will look to stop when they resume their Champions League campaign against RB Leipzig in Budapest on Tuesday.

A banner showing support for Klopp, who was unable to attend the funeral of his mother Elisabeth last week due to coronavirus travel restrictions, has been erected outside Anfield in support of the German boss.

And when asked about his Premier League rival on Tuesday, Guardiola gave a touching response.

The Manchester City boss said: "A lot [of sympathy] What he produces in world football is exceptional. I say many times now, last season and in previous seasons in Germany.

"His philosophy makes football attractive for all spectators. He always produces joy to the fans, to world football, there's no doubts about this.

"We all have good moments and bad moments, no manager or club can sustain seasons and and season seasons to win and win. It would be boring.

"Sometimes you have to lose, to realise. I speak personally, I don't say for my colleagues.

"Sometimes it's good to lose to realise how difficult it is everything. When you come back and win games you get more credit and you are more satisfied for what you have done."

Guardiola's comments come day after Klopp claimed he is embracing the challenge of turning around Liverpool's fortunes.

As he previewed his side's last-16 first-leg tie against Leipzig, Klopp said: "The banner is nice, obviously, but not necessary. I don't feel I need special support. I don't need a break.

"The last thing I want to do is talk about private things in a press conference but everybody knows we have had a tough time and we always deal with it as a family 100 per cent.

"When I came here to work, I am 53, I have been in football for 30 years, I can split things and switch off, I don't carry things around. Of course we are influenced by things that happen but nobody has to worry about me.

"The beard gets more and more grey, I don't sleep a lot but I am full of energy. The situation is an interesting challenge.

"Nobody wrote a book about how you come in a situation like this but we will solve it."

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