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'Utmost respect': Manchester City star says Liverpool man was 'one of the first' to offer title congratulations

Ilkay Gundogan says Jurgen Klopp was ‘one of the first’ to message him after the Premier League came to a close this weekend. Manchester City narrowly beat Liverpool to the title.

Manchester City managed to overcome a 2-0 deficit on Sunday to lift the Premier League title. It still hurts.

Liverpool, of course, needed to beat Wolves and see City drop points in order to take the trophy for themselves. That seemed very possible when Aston Villa had their lead at the Etihad with only 15 minutes to play. All the Reds needed to do was find a goal to win at Anfield.

They did, of course – in fact, they found two. But it wasn’t enough as Ilkay Gundogan inspired a comeback to see City score three times in five minutes. We still can’t quite believe Villa managed to let that happen.

Heartbreak for Liverpool, then, who went from little hope to absolute hope to nothing in the space of 90 minutes. But perhaps that was the only way for the Premier League title race to end.

Liverpool and City pushed each other incredibly far over the course of the season. Only one point separated them in the end after a second half of the campaign where both side looked unstoppable.

And despite the heartbreak for the Reds, it appears they’re anything but bitter after it all.

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Ilkay Gundogan on Jurgen Klopp

According to Ilkay Gundogan, Jurgen Klopp was ‘one of the first’ to reach out to him with congratulations on Sunday. The two of them worked together at Borussia Dortmund, of course, and it’s clear they still hold one another in high regard.

“[Klopp] was one of the first [to message],” Gundogan told Sport1 (translated by Sport Witness). “We have always treated each other with the utmost respect.

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“He had another very good season with Liverpool and made life extremely difficult for us. He’s just an outstanding guy and manager, and he’s shown that over the years.”

You wouldn’t really expect anything less from Klopp, admittedly. He hasn’t shown much bitterness at all towards City over the years – even when it might be easy to. Certainly less than most, anyway.

But having a Champions League final on Saturday does help in that regard. Victory in Paris would quickly make everyone forget about the weekend’s heartbreak.

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