As a competitor, every victory feels good no matter the circumstances.
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Victory over a friend — let alone a best friend — is an indescribable feeling. More importantly, it’s an achievement which also provides bragging rights for the foreseeable future. On Saturday, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp faced off against Huddersfield Town’s David Wagner, Klopp’s admitted “best friend,” and came away with said bragging rights, courtesy of a 3-0 victory.
After the game, Klopp did little to hide his delight, saying the victory and relief of impending doom “felt like Christmas” — quotes from the BBC:
“Three goals, three points, clean sheet. Tottenham was the worst game we played in the season and you can’t ignore it. It can happen.”
“The first goal against Huddersfield we forced the situation. The second one after a set-piece felt like Christmas. We had a lot of good set-pieces today.
“The third one was nice play. Big relief.”
Klopp and Wagner will almost certainly meet another 50 times (or more) during their managerial careers, and the sweet taste of victory will never, ever sour for either of them.