Neville explains biggest Guardiola, Klopp ‘worry’ for rest as he jokes about ’14-year’ Sancho pursuit

Date published: Thursday 26th May 2022 9:06 - Matthew Stead

Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp have already stayed at Manchester City and Liverpool longer than Gary Neville expected.

Guardiola was appointed Manchester City manager in summer 2016, a few months after Klopp replaced Brendan Rodgers at Liverpool the previous October.

Both managers have slowly built the clubs up to sit among Europe’s best, with Manchester City and Liverpool comprising the top two in three of the last five seasons, in which the Blues have won four titles and the Reds one.

The 90-point mark has been reached 13 times in 30 Premier League seasons and Manchester City and Liverpool account for six of them. Neville is expecting more of the same despite initially feeling both would be leaving sooner.


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“The worry for the rest is that I thought these two managers would be gone two or three seasons ago,” he told The Overlap Live. “I thought they’re gonna do four years, five years and then they’ll go. That next challenge will come: Barcelona, Real Madrid, wherever the next challenge is.

“The problem is now, they’ve both embedded themselves into these two clubs, because they’re recognised the league’s the best it’s ever been, the rest of the leagues in Europe aren’t in a stronger position, the clubs that they’re at are giving them everything they want and more, and they’re now going to be here for another three years, maybe, four years. That’s the scary thing.

“If you look at the way City did Haaland compared to how Manchester United did Sancho – I mean that dragged on,” Neville continued. “Was it about 14 years that Sancho was coming to United?

“Seriously, the way in which they do their business, it just tells you the sort of operators they’ve got off the pitch as well as on the pitch.”

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Klopp signed a contract extension with Liverpool in April, committing himself to the club until 2026 and confirming his reign would last beyond a decade.

“There is just so much to love about this place,” he said at the time. “I knew that before I came here, I got to know it even better after I arrived and now I know it more than ever before.

“Like any healthy relationship, it always has to be a two-way street; you have to be right for each other. The feeling we were absolutely right for each other is what brought me here in the first place and it’s why I’ve extended previously.

“This one is different because of the length of time we have been together. I had to ask myself the question: Is it right for Liverpool that I stay longer?

“Along with my two assistant managers, Pep Lijnders and Pete Krawietz, we came to the conclusion it was a ‘Yes!'”

Guardiola’s current Manchester City deal will expire in 2023 but it was suggested earlier this month that he had agreed in principle to stay  at the Etihad until at least 2025.

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