Cape Town - Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp reveals that he was surprised by Arsene Wenger's sudden announcement that he will leave Arsenal after 22-years at the club.
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The 68-year-old, who joined the Gunners in 1996 and has three Premier League titles and seven FA Cups, has made the decision despite still having one year left on his current contract.
"I was surprised. It is his decision and we have to respect that. He was and is still an influencer in football," Klopp said as quoted by Sky Sports website.
"He's had a fantastic career, an outstanding personality and very successful.
"Maybe in the last few months not everyone was happy, but he was the dominating guy in the mid-90s/2000s.
"He was always a big role model and it will be different without him."
Wenger was appointed in 1996 (October) and is the Premier League's current longest-serving manager.
He has taken charge of a record 823 games.