Former Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure has heaped praise on Premier League champions Liverpool following the club’s unrivalled success across Europe over the past 14 months.
Jurgen Klopp and his Reds have won the Champions League, Super Cup, Club World Cup and the Premier League in the last year and have become the dominant force in England ahead of Toure’s former team City.
Toure’s comments come just days after City’s exit from the Champions League at the quarter-final stages of the competitions for a third successive season.
Since Pep Guardiola’s appointment in 2016, City have failed to reach the last four of Europe’s biggest cup competition that the club are still yet to win.
Meanwhile, Klopp’s success in Europe last year ensured Liverpool were crowned kings of Europe for a sixth time in the club’s history while the German became only the fourth Reds manager to win club football’s most coveted prize.
Klopp’s infectious personality and drive have taken Liverpool from a team of nearly men into one of the fiercest forces across the continent.
City fell a gargantuan 18-points behind the Reds in last season’s title victory and Toure believes the work Klopp has done at Liverpool since his appointment in October 2015 sets him above the rest.
“Liverpool, for me, is the team you’re always scared of”, Toure said during an interview with The Mail
“Klopp has changed all his players and they’re superstars now.”
Toure’s brother Kolo knows all too well what it like personally to play under the FIFA Coach of the Year with the former Liverpool defender now a first-coast coach at Leicester City.
“He would say Klopp is fantastic and if you want to be a manager tomorrow if you work with this guy you are going to achieve a lot.
“When he grabs his players after the game, you see the players have love for him and really want to work for him. That can sometimes be the difference.”
What RTK has to say
Toure’s comments on Klopp demonstrate that even among the club’s rivals, the Liverpool manager is identified as the best in the business.
Anfield is now the destination in world football and it is testament to Klopp’s tenure, the work of the recruitment team and the support of FSG.
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