“Our biggest rival”- Arch-rival pays massive compliment to Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp
Pep Guardiola is full of praise for Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola revealed that he has had to adjust parts of his strategy due to the success of Jurgen Klopp and his Liverpool side. The statement comes ahead of Man City’s FA Cup match against Arsenal tonight.
City and Liverpool are the only winners of the Premier League in the last five seasons with the Reds winning one and four to the Cityzens. However, the race to the title has always been tight each season and decided by the smallest of margins.
However, in the two UEFA Champions League games between the sides in Guardiola’s tenure as the manager, Jurgen Klopp has won both. The German is also more successful on the European front reaching multiple finals with the Merseysiders.
Here is what Guardiola told the press ahead of his meeting against Arsenal in the FA Cup in context to Liverpool via the ECHO:
“I learned a lot watching by Liverpool,”.
“It’s the team I watched the most, for obvious reasons, because they were our biggest rival in the last years, and they’re going to come back sooner or later, knowing the club, and the manager, and of course, players they have.”
“I tried to copy some things, if I feel it. If I like it, feel it, can adapt with the players I have. Not because they have success, that means I’m going to copy and paste. No, no, no!”
Despite Manchester City’s success in the league, Liverpool has been able to consistently beat them in head-to-head matches. This has led to a fierce rivalry between the two teams, with both sets of fans eager to see their team come out on top.
The rivalry between Liverpool and Manchester City has also extended off the field, with both managers and players engaging in mind games in the lead-up to their matches even though the managers seem to be extremely friendly with each other. This has only added fuel to the fire, making the matches between the two teams even more highly anticipated.
Earlier this season as well, the Reds got the better of City in the league fixture at Anfield with Mohamed Salah’s goal proving to be the difference in a 1-0 win. Hopefully, Liverpool keep their winning streak going against Guardiola’s side and strengthen their chances of a top-four finish this season.
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Overall, the rivalry between Liverpool and Manchester City under Klopp and Guardiola respectively has been one of the most exciting in recent years in the English Premier League. After the Mourinho-Wenger rivalry, this is the most intense, even though the set of managers have different definitions of animosity.