Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has offered his sympathies to Manchester City after UEFA ruled the Citizens out of all European competitions for the next two years
European football’s governing body suspended City from all UEFA competitions for the next two seasons for breaching Financial Fair Play regulations.
The stunning news about City’s suspension echoed loudly across Europe on Friday.
After Liverpool’s narrow 1-0 triumph over Norwich City at Carrow Road on Saturday, Jurgen Klopp was asked to give his verdict of City’s removal from the Champions League.
“It was shocking when I heard it,” the Germain said, as reported by Sky Sports.
“I have no idea how this kind of things work or happen, but what I can say as a football coach is that Manchester City under Pep Guardiola play sensational football.
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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says he feels for Pep Guardiola and the Manchester City players after the club's suspension from Europe.
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“That is how it is. I have always admired what he is doing, what they are doing, and that will not end at this moment.
“One can imagine that it is really hard at the moment for the sportspeople; you trust your people, they tell you it is fine, but UEFA see things slightly different, and now they have to deal with it.
“I have no idea what will happen next. I’ve seen a few things, obviously, City will appeal, but I can imagine there will be much more information and people will talk about it.
“To be honest, I feel for Pep and the players, wow, because for sure they did nothing wrong, they just played football and sensational football at that. Whatever Pep was, he helped each league to improve football.
“But then again, we all have to respect some rules. I have no idea if they did or not, but obviously, UEFA sees it like this that they didn’t, and we will see what happens.”
Klopp’s words arrived after Sadio Mane propelled the Reds 25 points clear of second-placed Manchester City, bringing them one victory away from City’s record 18-game winning Premier League run.
The Merseyside giants now need just five triumphs in the final 12 fixtures of the season to secure their first league title in 30 years.