Pep Guardiola thanked Jurgen Klopp for his Premier League title text message after Manchester City succeeded Liverpool as champions, saying the Reds boss has pushed him to a new level.
Klopp described rival Guardiola as “the best manager in the world” in a news conference on Wednesday, the day after City secured a third title in four seasons.
The text from Klopp to Guardiola was not the only one sent from Merseyside, with Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti also sending his congratulations.
“I received a lot. He and Carlo Ancelotti have done it,” said Guardiola.
“I appreciate it a lot from both of them. I could not answer messages, not yet, but I will do it today.”
Speaking on Thursday, Guardiola offered a salute to the Liverpool and Everton bosses, both of whom have won Champions League and domestic titles in storied careers.
The rise of Klopp has forced Guardiola to pull out all the stops to deliver success both at City and previously at Bayern Munich, when Klopp’s Borussia Dortmund were such a force.
“It was an inspiration for me. He has made me through his teams at Dortmund and Liverpool a better manager,” Guardiola said.
“I would say thank you so much, I appreciate it a lot from him and Carlo.”