The Spanish manager was nearly brought to tears as he lavished the departing Liverpool boss with praise following his Anfield farewell.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola issued an emotional tribute to Jurgen Klopp after the German boss bid farewell to Liverpool and the Premier League on Sunday.

Klopp guided the Merseyside giants to a 2-0 victory over Wolves on the final day of the season before receiving a standing ovation, a guard of honor, and a farewell speech at Anfield.

The 56-year-old also recently praised Pep, his long-time rival, arguing that no other manager could lead an English club to four consecutive Premier League titles irrespective of all the controversies surrounding their finances.

"Everybody knows about the 115 charges, but I have no clue what that means. I only know the number," Jurgen said, as per talkSPORT.

"Whatever has happened at Manchester City, Pep Guardiola is the best manager in the world - and that is really important.

"If you put any other manager in that club, they don't win the league four times in a row. That's down to him and his boys. Does that mean they can do what they want? No. But I don't know what they did - if they did anything - and I'm not here to say they have."

Guardiola, who became the first manager in history to win four consecutive Premier League titles, was later made aware of this comment before issuing an emotional tribute to the departing German.

The Spaniard could be seen fighting back the tears as he professed how much he will miss the former Dortmund boss. Guardiola also stressed that he would not be the manager that he is today had he not had Klopp as a rival in English football.

"I will miss him a lot," Guardiola said. 

"Jurgen has been a really important part of my life. He brought me to another level as a manager. We respect each other incredibly.

"I have the feeling he will be back and thank you so much for his words but he knows that behind me there is a lot that this club provides me with, otherwise alone I can't do it. I'm humble enough to understand that.

"He helps me with his team, he has been a huge competitor in my life. I didn't discover the way I can punish them like I can find for other teams. With him it has been so difficult.

Klopp leaves Anfield having won eight titles. Feyenoord boss Arne Slot will replace the German but it remains uncertain whether the Reds can remain as competitive without Jurgen.

The Spaniard and German have faced off a whopping 30 times, although some of those encounters took place in Germany. In those 30 run-ins, Klopp won an impressive 11 times and thus holds the record for most wins by any manager against Pep Guardiola. The Man City boss triumphed on 10 occasions. 

With the title race done and dusted, Manchester City shift focus to the upcoming FA Cup final. The Cityzens will face Manchester United at Wembley this Saturday in their pursuit of the double. Haaland and Co. are the reigning champions and are the favorites to win Saturday's showdown.