Arsenal hero explains why Jurgen Klopp has ‘surpassed’ Arsene Wenger | Football

Jurgen Klopp could win his second Premier League title with Liverpool this season (Photo: Getty)

Jurgen Klopp has surpassed Arsene Wenger in the rankings of Premier League managers, according to Arsenal hero Emmanuel Petit.

The departing Liverpool boss is considered to be one of the best managers of his generation thanks to his exploits at Borussia Dortmund and Anfield.

Since joining the Reds in 2015, the German has won the Premier League, Champions League, FA Cup, two League Cups and Club World Cup, all while playing his attractive, high-pressing brand of football.

And he could still add to his trophy haul before he leaves at the end of the season, with Liverpool still in contention for the Premier League, FA Cup and Europa League.

In terms of the best Premier League managers of all-time, Sir Alex Ferguson, Pep Guardiola, Jose Mourinho and Wenger are often considered the best four, with Klopp just outside that bracket due to only winning the title once.

But Petit, who helped Wenger win the first of his three titles, believes the Liverpool legend has now gone above Arsenal’s greatest ever manager.

‘You would have to say Arsene Wenger has been surpassed by Klopp because he has won the Premier League and Champions League as well as both the FA Cup and League Cup so it speaks for itself,’ the former midfielder told OCB Scores.

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Arsene Wenger established himself as one of the greatest managers ever during his 22-year spell in charge of Arsenal (Photo: Getty)

‘Wenger won the Premier League three times and everybody remembers the Invincible year but they failed in their chance to win the Champions League final against Barcelona, that is the only difference between them.

‘But in terms of impact and how Wenger competed with Sir Alex Ferguson was incredible. The only comparison I can make is how Klopp has competed against Pep Guardiola.

‘We need more rivalries like that because it makes the league the best in the world.’

Klopp could well have won more titles had it not been for rival Guardiola whose Manchester City side pipped Liverpool to the post on two occassions.

Over his 22 years in North London, Wenger won three titles and a record seven FA Cups, with the final of his league triumphs being the remarkable Invincibles of 2003/04 – one of only two sides in English football history to complete a season unbeaten.

Klopp will be hoping to get one stage further to completing a ‘quadruple’ of trophies this week, with the second-leg of Liverpool’s Europa League last-16 tie against Sparta Prague on Thursday, before an FA Cup quarter-final against rivals Manchester United on Sunday.

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