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Jack Wilshere and Jamie Carragher disagree after Liverpool legend makes Jürgen Klopp claim

Jack Wilshere, the Arsenal U18s coach, stands on the touchline.
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Former Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has disagreed with Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher after the Scouser claimed that Jürgen Klopp should be ranked ahead of Arsène Wenger in terms of managers of the Premier League era.

On this week's edition of the Stick To Football podcast, Carragher said that Klopp would come ahead of Wenger 'with the only reason being the Champions League'. Wenger and Arsenal reached the final of UEFA's biggest competition in 2006 but lost to Barcelona.

That was the only time that Wenger reached the Champions League final, whereas Klopp took Liverpool to three finals during his tenure at Anfield, beating Spurs in Madrid on either side of losing twice to Real Madrid. Wenger, though he was at Arsenal for 22 years compared to Klopp's near-nine at Liverpool, did win the Premier League three times, including going unbeaten for a full campaign.

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Replying to Carragher on social media, Wilshere posted: "[It is] unbelievable how he [Klopp] transformed Liverpool but Arsène’s legacy in the Premier League is second to none. Sorry Jamie but you are miles off it, please don’t be so biased and respect Arsène and what he did over a longer period, including leading the only team in the Premier League to be invincible."

Liverpool.com says: There are a few points here. For starters, Wilshere himself is probably being a bit biased... Klopp was at Liverpool for far less time than Wenger, but achieved as much in the same period in terms of trophies. He also knew when the right time to move on was, rather than staying for too long at the same club.

Arsenal fans often bring up the invincible season but that side only got one more point in 2003/04 than the Gunners did this season. Not being beaten was impressive, sure, but the points tally was not as big as Klopp managed on three separate occasions. That, really, is the true test of how good a team is. There is, after all, a league table based on points gained rather than matches without defeat for that very reason.

Additionally, the Premier League during the Klopp era was stronger than it was back then. Now, Manchester City in particular is at such a level that it is near impossible to compete at the top every year. Meanwhile, teams like West Ham can regularly spend $50m on new additions and then there are the likes of Brighton who are extremely well-coached and forward-thinking. Klopp 'only' got one league title but the time is ticking by since Arsenal last lifted the league trophy aloft.