Aston Villa vs Liverpool: What did Jurgen Klopp make about Unai Emery’s work at Villa?

Next up for the Reds is a trip to high-flying Aston Villa in the Premier League. Ahead of the game, Klopp heaped praise on Unai Emery.

Unai Emery in a file photo; Credit: Twitter/@VillarrealCFen
By Karthik Raman | May 13, 2024 | 3 Min Read follow icon Follow Us

Liverpool would hope to end the season on a high with a couple more games still left to be played. At one point this campaign, the Reds were in contention to win an unprecedented quadruple. They won the first by beating Chelsea in the Carabao Cup final. However, a defeat to Manchester United in the FA Cup quarter-final saw them go on a poor spell. They were soon kicked out of the Europa League by Atalanta and gradually dropped out of the Premier League title race by dropping points on a consistent basis.

With Jurgen Klopp announcing that he will leave Liverpool at the end of this season, their players will be keen to send him off in the best possible way. Next up for them is a trip to high-flying Aston Villa in the Premier League. Ahead of the game, Klopp heaped praise on the job Unai Emery has done at Villa. “Incredible job. Unai Emery is one of the best we have in the business, 100 per cent. Wherever he was he had success. Sometimes clubs were not ready to wait for it, maybe, if you look back probably these clubs would have made different decisions,” Klopp, quoted on the club’s website, said in his pre-match press conference.

Jurgen Klopp on Unai Emery

He added: “I have known him for so long, I think when I met him first time he was managing in Moscow, it was in Russia I’m pretty sure at that time. That’s really long ago and he always had a clear idea. Then he won plenty of times with Sevilla. It was really tricky for us when we faced him with Villarreal. He always organised a team extremely, extremely well. The job he is doing is absolutely exceptional. We all know how important it is for a club to qualify for the Champions League, how difficult it is to do that. And that he probably, very likely will do that, yeah, is absolutely exceptional. No other words for it.”

Klopp then shifted his attention to their emphatic 4-2 win over Tottenham Hotspur in their last game and spoke highly about their young centre-back Jarell Quansah. Asked about Quansah’s surprise start against Spurs, Klopp said, “It’s just like that we play once a week and we just look at who looks in the best moment, and Jarell is one of them. That’s how it is and we don’t play with three centre-halves or whatever, so it means we have to make a decision and Jarell is training really well and we have a lot of training sessions, he is training really well. That doesn’t mean Ibou [Konate] or Joey [Gomez] wouldn’t train well, but Jarell trained really well and that’s how it is and that’s why I make these kind of decisions. That’s the best situation to have, I can just sit there and look at it.”

The manager added: “If you have the chance to make that decision, that you can really decide on this high level who is a little bit better and in a little better moment, then you do it. That’s what you do. There is no rotation necessary because then the others have to play anyway, or you have to mix it up anyway, but that’s not necessary now. That’s why he played [and] yes, he pushed himself in a really, really good situation, that’s true. And I think the [Tottenham] game justified that decision. He was really good in that game as well… and again, a very, very talented player. Really, really good.”

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