Up until today, we assumed Pep Guardiola's greatest influence was his bedroom mirror or whoever's in charge of bulk buying his merino wool jumpers – but ask the Manchester City boss, and he'll point to another Premier League manager.
Pep was answering questions in the build-up to City's game against Liverpool this weekend, and the Spaniard opened up about the influence Jurgen Klopp had on his own tactics.
"I learned a lot in Germany the first time I played his team. I was new and it was 'wow', what a good lesson. We lost 4-2. Afterwards in the league I learned a bit more about how to control those situations but it was never easy. When Klopp speaks about his football being heavy metal, I understand completely. It is so aggressive. For the fans it is really good.
He went on to discuss what made the German's teams so effective, paying him a huge compliment in the process
"Our styles are not similar but I like a lot the way they play. Maybe Klopp is the best manager in the world at creating teams who attack the back four with so many players, from almost anywhere on the pitch. They have an intensity with the ball and without the ball, and it is not easy to do that. They attack wide sometimes with [Nathaniel] Clyne and [James] Milner but they especially like to attack from inside, through the middle. I don't think there is another team in the world attacking in this way with so many players capable of launching moves in an instant."
We can see a bromance on the horizon.