Ilkay Gundogan revealed Jurgen Klopp was one of many first to congratulate him after Manchester City beat Liverpool to the Premier League title on Sunday.

Gundogan got here off the bench to attain twice as City got here from a 2-0 deficit to defeat Aston Villa 3-2 on the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.

The win meant Klopp’s Liverpool remained some extent from City within the race for the Premier League, however that didn’t cease the 54-year-old from getting in contact.

Gundogan performed underneath Klopp at Borussia Dortmund between 2011 and 2015, earlier than the latter left for Anfield, and the 31-year-old revealed his former boss was fast to place his personal ambitions apart.

“He was one of many first,” Gundogan advised Sport1. “We’ve at all times handled one another with the utmost respect. He had one other superb season with Liverpool and made life extraordinarily troublesome for us. He’s simply an excellent man and coach, and he’s proven that through the years.

“That was completely unbelievable. The truth that we gained the title in entrance of a house crowd on this method was actually picture-perfect. The stadium actually exploded, we simply cried out our pleasure and aid.

“We needed to play our absolute most for 38 video games and couldn’t afford to be careless as a result of Liverpool have been lurking at each second. It was a terrific finish to a protracted and nerve-wracking season.”

In Sergio Aguero’s absence, City’s midfield has needed to carry added accountability in purpose output and Gundogan has been a gradual contributor in that regard, backing up final season’s 13 objectives with eight within the Premier League this time period.

Reflecting on the win over Villa and the broader context of the sport, he believes that his profitable purpose ranks as crucial of his profession.

“Primarily based on the ending, I’d say sure – and undoubtedly one in every of my most emotional ones,” Gundogan mentioned. “The purpose within the 2013 Champions League closing for BVB towards Bayern [Munich] was additionally essential, even when it wasn’t sufficient in the long run.

“On Sunday, a substantial amount of stress was lifted as a result of we struggled a lot over the complete 90 minutes and we knew that Liverpool have been respiratory down our necks.”

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