"I appreciate Klopp a lot, I know Liverpool has a very, very good manager", said Ranieri. "I went to watch him during the winter break last season, and spent one week with him. I watched how he played, how he worked. It was in La Manga in Spain. There was my Greece player there (Sokratis Papastathopoulos) and I called him and I asked if Klopp agreed for me to go and he said yes. I want to learn. Football is always the same, you can learn, if you have an open mind you can take. Every time I have time I go to another place. I watched Pep Guardiola in Barcelona, and I also went to Bayer Leverkusen and Augsburg last winter".
Ranieri also talked about his experience in Greece. "I trained with Greece for 15 days, split four times. Three or four training sessions. What can I do? I am not a magician,” he said.
"The players are good, but if you don’t have the time to speak with them…. they play, then they go home. After that it was ‘Ranieri is no good, go home’. I was sacked. But then another coach arrived and he was worse! Another arrived, he was worse. For statistics, I know that where I was sacked nobody was better than me".