Nathan Ake has revealed his admiration of departing Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp after years of battles with the Anfield club.
Since signing for Manchester City from Bournemouth in 2020, Nathan Ake has been involved in quite a few scintillating Premier League title races with Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool side, coming out on top of in a number of them.
But with the news that the Liverpool bench-boss will leave the club at the end of the season, plenty within Manchester City have begun to reminisce on the intense battles with the Merseyside club.
Late last week, Klopp revealed that he will leave Liverpool at the end of the current campaign, citing his ‘lack of energy’ to remain on the touchline after an emotional nine years at the club.
Speaking in an interview with Manchester World in the wake of the news, Nathan Ake was quick to reveal his respect for Klopp.
“Obviously it was a bit of a shock for everyone,” Ake said.
“He’s a very, very good manager and has done so well for the club and for the Premier League. He will be a big miss.
“It didn’t change how we played, we focus on ourselves. We’ve pushed each other for however many years,” he added.
“Every time they do well we want to do better. Obviously it’s been a good challenge over the last few years.
“I don’t know how they (Liverpool) feel,” said Ake. “We knew before that they would be so good this season, so many cups to play for. So far they’ve done really well. I think they’ll continue to do that.
“It’ll be a loss to the Premier League. He’s a great manager who’s done so much for Liverpool. We’ve had great battles. It’s a bit of a shock to see him leave.”
After just over 20 games this season, Klopp’s men sit five points clear of Manchester City in the Premier League title race, though the Etihad club have a game in hand over their rivals.
Next up for the Blues is a visit from club legend Vincent Kompany, who will bring his Burnley side to the Etihad for a Premier League showdown.
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