Jurgen Klopp doesn’t think Pep Guardiola’s new contract means English football will be exclusively dominated by Liverpool and Manchester City over the next three seasons.
Guardiola’s deal that keeps him at the Etihad until 2023 extends his great rivalry with Klopp that has already seen their teams fight it out in title races, the Champions League and a Wembley cup final.
However Klopp says it’s unrealistic to expect an automatic repeat with competition hotting up elsewhere.
‘I’m happy Pep has signed but I’m afraid it won’t be just Guardiola against Klopp over the next few years,’ he said.
‘It looks like Frank Lampard and Chelsea are building a proper team. Man United will not stay without trying and the same with Arsenal.
‘Tottenham look dangerous this year. Leicester are really good — and, 100 per cent, Wolves will not sleep. I watch a lot of football and see the steps other teams make.’
There is support in Germany for Klopp to take their national team job following Joachim Low’s 6-0 humiliation against Spain. But the Liverpool boss, already the Premier League’s second longest-serving manager after five years, couldn’t be more emphatic about the long-term goals at Anfield.
‘Maybe international management in the future but not now because I have a job — a pretty intense job by the way,’ he made clear.
‘I am responsible for a lot of things here so I will not go and search for another challenge. I have enough challenges here already after waking up in the morning.’
Klopp faces the most difficult injury crisis of his time at Anfield with three of his back-four — Trent Alexander-Arnold, Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez — absent alongside skipper Jordan Henderson against Leicester on Sunday and Mo Salah unavailable after testing positive for Covid.
Fortunately, Klopp has his lucky charm Joel Matip to partner Fabinho or Nathaniel Phillips at the back to try to stop pacy striker Jamie Vardy.
Matip, 29, hasn’t lost a Premier League game since Swansea away in January 2018 — a run of 41 matches — and Klopp enthused: ‘He’s an unbelievable footballer — it’s why we signed him. He’s been incredible for us and is at the perfect age.
‘Yes, he has been unlucky with different injuries, the last one somebody cut the tendon on a toe. It looks like he’s vulnerable but they are things every player would have had in that situation. Now he is back and hopefully for a long time.’
Klopp has been among the strongest critics of restricting substitutions to three rather than five in the Premier League and claims most managers back him.
‘We had this managers’ meeting (on Wednesday) and if we could have voted that day it would have been 15-5 in favour of five subs.
‘But we couldn’t vote because managers aren’t allowed to do that. But it was 11-9 against (being) in favour of three subs and 15-5 in favour of five subs, and now hopefully the deciders can make the next steps.’
Klopp has spoken regularly about the dangers to players’ safety regarding the crowded fixture list in this condensed season.
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Mark Wahlberg has said religion is 'the most important part of my life.'
The 49-year-old Irish Catholic actor proved his dedication to God, spotted going to mass with his family in Beverly Hills on Saturday.
Dressed in a pair of white jeans and a mint green sweater, he put on a very stylish display for the pious outing.
Rocking a diamond cross pendant over his fresh outfit, Wahlberg left no room for confusion about his religious devotion.
Throwing on an pair of turquoise suede sneakers, he completed the very youthful outfit.
With a black face mask and aviator sunglasses over his famous face, the Boogie Nights star walked safely for a day of worship.
Walking beside his wife of 11 years, Rhea, who wore a powder blue dress and a pair of lilac heels, and his two sons Michael, 14, and Brendan, 12, the family looked very sharp for the outing.
With his keys in hand, Wahlberg flashed a wave for the camera before heading to an outdoor church gathering.
According to Los Angeles COVID-19 protocol, religious gatherings are allowed but indoor services are completely prohibited as the United States reaches 12M active cases of the deadly virus as of Saturday.
Speaking about his faith in a 2013 Parade magazine interview Wahlberg said, 'I don’t try to push it on anybody and I don’t try to hide it.'
Adhering to a strict schedule that includes waking up at 2:30am for a workout, Mark said that he and his family usually attend services twice on Sunday.
'I’ll go to church at 7:30 and everybody will be eating breakfast when I come home. Then we’ll go to church again at 10:30, if things aren’t too hectic. Or if one of the kids has a game we’ll watch them play. It’s a nice family day.'
Crediting 'losing his faith,' with a pivotal dark period in his life, the world famous actor uses religion as a way to stay on course.
'Once I focused on my faith wonderful things started happening for me,' he said.
Currently Mark has two movies set for release in 2021, a sci-fi movie called Infinite and an action flick called Uncharted.
Chrishell Strause is doing her best to shut down rumours she is dating her Dancing With the Stars partner Gleb Savchenko.
The Selling Sunset star again commented on the rumours her professional dance partner had cheated on his wife with her during the competition.
Speaking to E! News as the DWTS final aired, Chrishell insisted their sizzling dancefloor chemistry had been 'misinterpreted'.
Just days after the pair were eliminated from the show, Gleb and his wife of 14 years, Elena Samodanova, announced that they were separating.
Elena then publicly accused Gleb of cheating on her, but both he and Chrishell confirmed that there was no romance between them
Speaking this week about the rumours which refuse to go away, Chrishell said: 'I feel like it really is annoying because it's one of those things where, you know, unfortunately, the timing of what he's going through personally, people want to make it into something it's notn'
'So we're just friends.'
'I get it,' she added. 'I've been on soaps. You have to have that kind of stuff sometimes when you're on the dance floor. People misinterpret that.'
While both Chrishell and Gleb have both denied any inappropriate relationship, the dancer's wife alleged he's had multiple affairs throughout their 14 year marriage when she announced their split last month.
The reality star appeared on the Off the Vine podcast with Kaitlyn Bristowe on Friday where she made some telling comments about cheating in relationships.
'If I found out they were a cheater in some way, like, they had a girlfriend or that whole thing [that would be a deal breaker],” she said.
Stause and Savchenko were eliminated from Dancing With the Stars on the November 2 episode, and now that the show is behind her, she's looking forward to dating again.
'At the end of the day, I’m looking forward to getting out and mingling a little bit,' Stause said on the podcast.
'I’ve been so busy dancing, I wanna go on a date! I’m like "Woah, what’s that feel like?"' she added.