Speaking to Weser-Kurier, 41-year-old Werder Bremen forward Claudio Pizarro discussed playing under Pep Guardiola at Bayern Munich, Jose Mourinho at Chelsea and his disappointment at not playing under Liverpool head coach Jürgen Klopp.
“Unfortunately, Jürgen Klopp is missing from the list. I have never been allowed to work with him,” said Pizarro.
“This would have appealed to me very much. I hope that I can get to know Klopp in the future and that I can also see his training sessions. Without a doubt, I would have liked very much to work with such a trainer.
“I find Klopp totally exciting from a player’s perspective.”
The Peru international has played 487 games in all competitions in the Bundesliga for Werder Bremen, Bayern Munich and FC Köln, scoring 197 goals.
Pizarro believes his former coach at Bayern Munich, Pep Guardiola, is one of the best.
“He has really impressive skills in analysing football,” said Pizarro.
“He knows perfectly, down to the last detail, which players he has available and how he can use them at what moment.
“Pep has actually broadened my horizons in football, he has a completely different vision of football than other coaches. He is always far superior to his opponents in his thoughts. I don’t think there is a better coach than Pep in terms of tactics and all the dimensions he thinks about in football.”
Pizarro spent one year in the Premier League, where he played under Jose Mourinho for three months before the Portuguese tactician left: “Before I moved to Chelsea, Mourinho had called me. He really wanted me on his team.
“Three months later, Mourinho was released. I was only able to work with him at Chelsea for three months, but during that time I could see what a good coach he is and how much he supports his players.”