Nathan Ake voices concern about Pep Guardiola amid Jurgen Klopp exit

Manchester City news- City defender worried about Pep Guardiola's potential departure as Jurgen Klopp exits Liverpool at the end of the season
Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola - Premier League
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As Jurgen Klopp dropped the bombshell of leaving Liverpool at the end of the 2023-24 season, Manchester City defender Nathan Ake has expressed unease at the thought of Pep Guardiola's eventual departure.

Ake, crucial to City's recent success as the defender scored the only goal as City ousted Tottenham in the fourth-round of the FA Cup last weekend, dreads the day when the Spanish manager decides to bid farewell to the Etihad.

The Premier League faces a managerial shakeup in the summer.

Klopp's Departure Ripples Through the League

Jurgen Klopp's decision to step down after nearly nine years has sent shockwaves across the English top-flight. Ake acknowledges the impact, emphasizing the German tactician’s significance to Liverpool and the league as a whole.

Asked about the scenario when City faces the same during Pep Guardiola’s potential exit, the Dutch defender replied:

"I don't want to even think about it. Obviously, it was a bit of a shock for everyone to see the news."

"Klopp's a very good manager and done so well at Liverpool. For the Premier League, he will be a big loss. But it didn't change anything for us here. We are just focused on ourselves."

Guardiola's Legacy in Focus

As Pep Guardiola nears eight years at the helm of Manchester City, speculation grows about his future. Ake's apprehension reflects the uncertainty surrounding Guardiola's eventual departure and the potential impact on City's success.

The 53-year-old manager’s tenure has been the best in the Premier League champions’ history, winning five league titles, alongside two FA Cup triumphs and securing the Champions League last season.

City's Unwavering Focus

Despite Klopp's exit and looming uncertainties at Anfield, Ake recognized that Liverpool still have a lot to showcase before the season ends, but, also emphasizes that Manchester City remain focused on their goals for the remainder of the campaign as the defender underscores the team's determination to maintain their high standards and competitive edge in the Premier League.

"I don't know how they will feel. But we knew even before this that they were going to be so good this season. They have so many cups to play for. So far, they've done really well. I think this will continue,"

he continued

"We have pushed one another over the last few years. Every time they do well, we want to do better. Then they want to do better. It been a great challenge."