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Why Jurgen Klopp is a step ahead of Pep Guardiola as the best manager in the world

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp celebrates after the match. Action Images via Reuters/Carl Recine

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp celebrates after the match. Action Images via Reuters/Carl Recine

Kevin Palmer

Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp have earned the right to be hailed as the best managers in world football, but it the Liverpool man has an edge over his rival.

That's the verdict of Liverpool goal scoring great John Aldridge, who believes the Klopp has separated himself from his rivalsby generating success at Anfield with a transfer net spend that doesn't come close to that of Manchester City boss Guardiola.

Speaking exclusively to sundayworld.com, Aldridge stated his belief that Klopp has long since proved himself to be the master on the touchline.

"Klopp and Pep Guardiola stand out, but what Pep had in his early days at City and what he spent is astronomical compared to Liverpool," reflected Aldridge.

"Jurgen just balanced the books with his transfer spending and he has turned really good players into world class players.

"You have to have a certain heart to play for Liverpool and unless you have that, he won't buy you. He has bought the right players in at the right price and the success is there for all to see.

"They have spent wisely and the money that has been brought in (from player sales) has been spent well.

"Then the biggest factor for Liverpool is keeping Jurgen Klopp because he makes the difference money wise with the other clubs. He is incredible."

Klopp has suggested he will leave Liverpool when his current contract expires and Aldridge suggests that will be the day the club will be dreading.

"When you look at what Klopp has done at all levels of the club, he is right up there with the greatest Liverpool managers of all-time," he added.

"I always think the mark of a good manager is how they improve players and he has done that time and again at Liverpool. You look at players like Sadio Mane and Mo Salah and they have gone from good players to great players under Klopp.

"He is also hard to dislike. I have spoken to fans of rival teams and they say they don't think Liverpool, but they find it hard to dislike Klopp. He is a very genuine fella and Liverpool are so lucky to have him."

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