Liverpool FC boss Jurgen Klopp pays classy tribute to Arsene Wenger
Jurgen Klopp reacts to Arsene Wenger's decision to step down as Arsenal manager this season
Jurgen Klopp has sent a classy message to Arsene Wenger after the Frenchman announced that he would be stepping down as Arsenal manager at the end of the season.
The Frenchman confirmed on Friday that he would be bringing to an end his long spell in charge of the north London club, after having been in charge since 1996.
Wenger had found himself under increasing pressure at The Emirates in recent seasons following Arsenal’s failure to challenge for the Premier League title.
The Gunners have not won the Premier League since their famous unbeaten triumph in the 2003-04 season and they missed out on a top-four finish in the top flight last term.
Arsenal currently sit in sixth place in the table, and the Gunners’ last remaining hope of qualifying for the Champions League is to win the Europa League this term.
And Liverpool FC boss Klopp has insisted that he is a huge admirer of Wenger and paid credit to him for the way he influenced top level football during his time at Arsenal.
Speaking at a news conference at Melwood on Friday morning, Klopp said: “First of all I heard when I came in this morning so I was surprised but it’s his decision and we have to respect that and I have no problem respecting that.
“He is what we would say an influencer in football. He had a fantastic career, outstanding personality, just a really big player in the business.
“Usually you think things change overnight but he was there 22 years. That’s long! And very very successful.
“That’s how it is in last few months maybe not everyone was happy with this or that result but that’s normal, that’s part of the business.
“He was always developing teams, brought fantastic players in. He was a dominating guy mid 90s early 00s, won everything and played great football.
“I admired his work always. Since I’ve been in England it’s a bit different because we challenge each other, but in Germany he was always a big, big role model.
“It will be different without him. I’m not sure if he steps back at Arsenal or goes to another club.
“He looks fit and enjoyed the job even in the last few years. From my side I wish him all the best and hopefully I can meet him again and tell him that in a personal talk.”
Meanwhile, Liverpool FC are set to travel to West Brom in the Premier League on Saturday lunchtime as they look to keep their place in the top four.