Jurgen Klopp has said that his Arsenal counterpart Unai Emery has proved himself as a top manager as the two managers prepare to face off this weekend.
The last battle between these two happened in 2016, Emery, then in charge at Sevilla, got the better of Klopp in the Europa League final in Basel.
The Spaniard took charge of the Gunners after Arsene Wenger left the side at the end of last season.
Under his reign, Arsenal won 11 consecutive matches in all competitions for the first since a similar run in 2007.
“All people in football knew how good he is but I am not sure all Arsenal fans were over the moon at first when they heard it would be Emery,” said Klopp on Friday.
“But that’s England a little bit, you want the poster boys. Unai was in France and before that in Spain in a smaller club, so you can go a bit under the radar.
“Not for all the people in football, though. I saw yesterday that he won eight titles in two or three years. That’s pretty big.”