Ilkay Gundogan has joyful recollections of profitable a league title beneath Jurgen Klopp – however is set to disclaim his outdated boss this 12 months.
The Manchester Metropolis midfielder was a part of Klopp’s Borussia Dortmund facet that gained the second of two back-to-back Bundesliga crowns in 2012.
Gundogan is now within the place of making an attempt to chase down a Klopp crew as Metropolis, who utilized stress with a Three-1 win over Arsenal on Sunday, battle with Liverpool for the Premier League.
And the German can see similarities between Liverpool’s place on the prime and that loved by Dortmund seven years in the past, notably by way of fixture congestion.
Liverpool this season not have any home knockout distractions whereas Metropolis are nonetheless competing in each the Carabao Cup and FA Cup, in addition to the Champions League.
The 28-year-old mentioned: “When it’s a must to run within the season you don’t take into consideration a lot issues – you exit and play. When you haven’t any considerations in your thoughts you’ll be able to win a number of occasions.
“That’s how I felt once we had been capable of win at Dortmund that title. We had a bonus of simply taking part in Saturday, Saturday, Saturday and the week off in between.
“He (Klopp) is in an analogous state of affairs now with Liverpool – simply the Premier League after which the Champions League on prime. Perhaps it’s going to be a bonus for them, I don’t know.
“It’s nothing we will change proper now. They should play their video games and we’ve to play ours.
“We have to challenge ourselves, we want to win our games to be able to say we did everything to give our best.”
Having gained the Premier League with Pep Guardiola’s Metropolis final season, Gundogan is within the uncommon place of getting gained titles beneath the managers of each main title contenders.
“They are different in terms of playing style and their characters, but both of them are great people, great human beings that I really like,” mentioned Gundogan.
Metropolis have a perceived benefit within the race of getting triumphed final 12 months, however they led from the entrance in that occasion.
“I don’t believe it’s an advantage that we won last year because the way we won, it’s completely different,” mentioned Gundogan. “We have to try to put pressure on them.”
Metropolis did their bit over the weekend by bouncing again from a shock loss at Newcastle with a snug defeat of the Gunners on the Etihad Stadium, courtesy of a Sergio Aguero hat-trick.
The Argentinian struck after simply 46 seconds and restored Metropolis’s lead after a Laurent Koscielny equaliser. His third simply after the hour went in off his arm nevertheless it was deemed unintentional and there was no doubting Metropolis’s victory was deserved.
Waiting for this week’s video games towards Everton and Chelsea, Gundogan mentioned: “We all know that we’re going into an important week for us by way of our Premier League season.
“To start that well with that result against that team was very important and gives us a boost for the next two fixtures because they will also be very difficult.”
Defeat left Arsenal sixth.
Goalkeeper Bernd Leno instructed the membership’s web site: “I feel we’re nonetheless in place to go to the highest 4. We nonetheless have massive video games.
“We win many games at home but I think to go into the top four again we need more away wins.”
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