BARCELONA legend Xavi left Liverpool off a list of Premier League giants he would like to manage, preferring rivals such as Manchester United instead.
And the Spanish World Cup winner, boss of the Catalans, rated Manchester City chief Pep Guardiola as the world's "best coach".
Xavi, 42, hailed the Premier League's "atmosphere, packed stadiumsand players" as an exciting alternative.
The ex-midfielder told Sky Sports in 2019: "Obviously if I had to choose, I would choose a big team, City or United, Chelsea, Arsenal or Tottenham.
"Also, [Jurgen] Klopp and [Mauricio] Pochettino and Unai Emery, many people who have gone there are doing an extraordinary job."
The 133-cap icon said of his former Nou Camp chief: "Pep Guardiola is the best coach in the world and I am a novice.
"The comparison happened as a player but now we can't be compared. I am in love with Pep Guardiola's football.
"You can win playing football in different ways but I like the one of City and Guardiola the most. I follow the Premier League a lot and I like it.
"He is a brilliant, demanding, passionate, obsessive person, that's why he's doing so well.
"It transmits a lot to the footballer. I learned a lot and enjoyed my time at his side."
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Xavi won four Champions League titles and LaLiga eight times with Barcelona.
And recently he's brought the feel-factor back to the Nou Camp – currently eight points clear at the top of the LaLiga table.
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