Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was “surprised” by the announcement of “outstanding personality” Arsene Wenger’s imminent departure from Arsenal.
The Gunners boss announced on Friday morning that he will be stepping down at the end of the season after 22 years in charge.
Klopp, speaking at his press conference shortly after the news broke, said: “I was surprised.
“It is his decision and we have to respect that. He was and is still an influencer in football.
“He’s had a fantastic career, an outstanding personality and very successful.
“Maybe in the last few months not everyone was happy, but he was the dominating guy in the mid-90s/2000s. He was always a big role model and it will be different without him.”