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Jurgen Klopp reveals text message from Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan after Champions League draw

Jurgen Klopp reveals text message from Man City star after Champions League draw
Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool will face Manchester City in the Champions League. (AFP/Getty Images)

Jurgen Klopp has revealed he received a message from Ilkay Gundogan after Liverpool were paired with Manchester City in the Champions League quarter-final draw on Friday.

Liverpool and City will face each other for a place in the semi-final after already playing twice in the Premier League this season.

The first match at the Etohad Stadium ended in a 5-0 win for City after Sadio Mane’s red card in the first half, while in the return game at Anfield, Klopp’s side won 4-3.

Klopp worked with Gundogan at Borussia Dortmund and the Liverpool manager admits his former midfielder got in touch shortly after the Champions League draw.

‘Yes, he said in German ‘bis bald’ and I wrote back ‘see ya’,’ said Klopp.

‘The message came immediately to be honest. Bis bald pretty much means, ‘see you soon’ and I used a Scouse phrase ‘see ya’.’

Jurgen Klopp reveals text message from Man City star after Champions League draw
Klopp and Ilkay Gundogan worked together at Borussia Dortmund. (Getty Images)

Klopp also insists he does not have a friendship with Pep Guardiola, despite facing the City manager in the Bundesliga and the Premier League.

‘I don’t really think Pep and myself have a relationship,’ he said.

‘Especially from my point of view I have respect, I think that is normal when you see his teams playing and the work he did in the last few years. If you are a football manager then you think ‘oh not too bad’.

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Jurgen Klopp reveals text message from Man City star after Champions League draw
Klopp says he respects Pep Guardiola. (AMA/Getty Images)

We don’t know each other really well so it is not like the relationship I have with David Wagner.

‘That is a friendship and it is not like that.

‘We cannot lose anything. During a game he is always 100% in, I am 100% in, and so far we have never had an argument at the sideline or stuff like that.

‘I don’t know why that is but I respect him of course and that is all.

‘I am not too interested if that will stay but my respect will not change and I have no idea what he thinks about me. That is not too important.’

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