Jurgen Klopp’s opinion on Unai Emery should have Aston Villa fans excited about what’s to come under the Spaniard.
Former Arsenal boss Emery has accepted the job at Villa Park after Steven Gerrard was sacked.
The 50-year-old has decided to leave Villarreal in La Liga for a return to the Premier League.
He brings huge experience with him, having won the Europa League four times. Three were with Sevilla and another with Villarreal, where he beat Manchester United in the 2020/21 final.
Klopp has faced Emery seven times during his managerial career and lost only once.
That only defeat came in the 2016 Europa League final when Sevilla beat Liverpool 3-1 as the Spanish side came from a goal down.
They faced off again last season when Villarreal surprisingly reached the Champions League semi-finals.
They made things difficult for Liverpool, with the 2-2 draw in the final 45 minutes of action only for Klopp’s side to score three times.
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Emery has proven to be a master tactician in big games and Klopp is full of praise for him ahead of their Champions League encounter.
“Unai is a detail-obsessed manager who prepares for all the different situations in the game and that’s what his team executes,” the Liverpool boss said in April.
“It’s really, really good, different ways to build, different ways to press, different ways to react to results.
“He’s a world-class coach who does an incredible job there.
“Our job is to make life difficult for them and that is what we will try to do on both legs.”
Klopp’s expectation of a tough test turned out to be right as at one point it looked like they might exit the La Liga side.
He won’t have too long to wait before facing Emery again, with Aston Villa hosting Liverpool on Boxing Day.