Pep Guardiola has spent extra time fascinated with beat Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool than every other opposition in his profession.
Manchester Metropolis and Liverpool have been comfortably the very best two groups within the Premier League during the last two years, with the Blues turning into the primary group in a decade to retain the title in 2019 earlier than being blown away by their Merseyside rivals this season.
There could also be friction between the golf equipment away from the pitch – there was shock on the Etihad that Liverpool tried to contain themselves within the Champions League listening to on the Courtroom of Arbitration for Sport given that they had already certified for subsequent season’s competitors – however on it there may be immense respect between the 2 coaches.
Of the numerous battles that Guardiola has had throughout a training profession spanning greater than a decade, he views Klopp’s Liverpool because the hardest.
“The hardest opponent I’ve ever confronted in my profession is that this Liverpool from final yr and this one,” Guardiola informed DAZN.
“If you happen to let your self be dominated, they lock you within the space and you’ll’t escape. Once you dominate them, they run into house like nobody else. They’re very quick going backwards. They’re very robust strategically. Their gamers have nice psychological energy. [Klopp] is the rival who has made me take into consideration beat him essentially the most.”
Guardiola’s rivalry with Klopp has largely been completed on the grass somewhat than in press conferences, making it much less explosive than earlier challenges with Jose Mourinho at Actual Madrid.
Metropolis’s coach additionally believes that the decrease profile of Liverpool when he took over on the Etihad in 2016 has made them a more durable rival due to the dramatic enchancment they’ve proven to match after which transfer previous the Blues.
“I’ve at all times mentioned that Actual Madrid are a really robust group in my profession, they helped me to grow to be a greater coach with robust matches and competitions with Jose Mourinho, [Manuel] Pellegrini and all of the coaches that they had,” Guardiola added.
“If you happen to ask me which has been essentially the most tough rival for me to face, it has been Liverpool. The primary years after I arrived in England, Liverpool had been a bit weaker than now and Actual Madrid had been stronger. Now, this Liverpool are the toughest I’ve come throughout in my teaching profession.”