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The ‘decision’ of Pep Guardiola offers Jürgen Klopp only two more chances to seal Liverpool’s legacy.


The ‘decision’ of Pep Guardiola offers Jürgen Klopp only two more chances to seal Liverpool’s legacy.

The legacy of Jürgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola in the Premier League is on the line, and the German is well aware of what he still needs to accomplish at Liverpool.

Pep Guardiola appears to have set a timetable for his departure after finally winning the Champions League with Manchester City as part of a historic treble.

According to The Guardian, Guardiola is determined to leave the Etihad Stadium when his contract expires at the end of the 2024/25 season.

After a lengthy period of uncertainty, the Spaniard signed a new contract last autumn, but has all but opted to leave at the end of the two-year term.

This leaves the door for Jürgen Klopp to outlast the Spaniard because his contract isn’t set to expire for another year.

For the first time since his debut season on Merseyside, Klopp may face a Manchester City team that is not guided by Pep Guardiola.

This would be viewed as a fantastic opportunity to win the Premier League title against a presumably weakened opponent.

Any potential manager will almost certainly be a step down from Guardiola, and even a team with the wealth of Manchester City may have to accept a transition phase after such a dramatic departure.

However, this would undoubtedly be regarded as a lower-cost crown. ‘You wanted Pep to depart so you could win the league again,’ Klopp would be mocked.

As a result, you could say that, in order to leave a legacy, the German needs beat his rival one more time in the following couple of seasons.

Their rivalry has defined this period of Premier League football, as incoming Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag was told before famously declaring that ‘eras come to an end’ last summer (via Independent).

However, if Guardiola wins the next two crowns, he will have won seven titles in eight years, a truly unmatched level of domination. At that point, this would simply be known as the Guardiola era.

Despite its problems last season, Liverpool remains the most likely contender to Manchester City in the coming years.

It is the only team to have beaten Guardiola since 2017/18, and the only team to have shown it can compete with Man City for an entire season.

Arsenal came close last year, but collapsed dramatically in the face of its rival’s robotic relentlessness in April.

There are a few major exceptions to this. The first is that Klopp needs the finances to fight Manchester City again, but happily, he’s shown that he doesn’t always require footballing A-listers to do so. With a full squad, there’s still reason to believe he can push Liverpool into contention.

The second is that Klopp is more concerned with what is best for his club than with his legacy.

But, for supporters, there must be some investment in ensuring that the club’s best manager in modern history receives the accolades he deserves.

Consider how frequently we debate the quality of Steven Gerrard, probably the club’s best player of the twenty-first century, in comparison to his colleagues. Similar debates will undoubtedly rage around Klopp for years, if not decades.

And, despite being at a disadvantage, he may still require one more victory over Guardiola to ensure he receives appropriate credit.

The ‘decision’ of Pep Guardiola offers Jürgen Klopp only two more chances to seal Liverpool’s legacy.

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