​Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp believes Pep Guardiola was so successful at Bayern Munich due to of a lack of competition in the Bundesliga.

Klopp announced himself as one of Europe's top coaches when he won the Bundesliga with Borussia Dortmund in 2011, retaining the title a year later, but his reign at the Signal Iduna Park ended difficultly as Bayern reasserted themselves as the top team in Germany under Guardiola.

The two managers face off on Sunday when Liverpool travel to Manchester City, and Klopp has reminded everyone that Bayern were so successful due to the lack of a strong second team in the Bundesliga.

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"I would say Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona squad was the perfect role model for a winning situation," Klopp said, as quoted by ​Metro.

"It was an outstanding combination. It was also another really good generation at Bayern Munich, there was not a second team in Germany, we tried to be it but it didn’t happen."

City emerged as favourites for the Premier League after a strong start to the season but have faltered since and find themselves in a battle to secure Champions League football for next season, and Klopp has hailed the top division of English football as the toughest in the world.


"Coming here, it’s the most difficult league in the world. It’s really difficult to become champions in England. In other countries it is difficult, here a win is everything, in other countries if you played with other styles you would have an empty stadium," he continued.

"Everything is legal, the culture is different.

"I am not in doubt about his qualities. I respect him a lot. I have played him a lot and it is difficult to play his teams."