Klopp talks about his rivalry with Guardiola

Fri 01 October 2021 | 23:06

Liverpool boss has talked about Guardiola ahead of their clash.

Ahead of


clash with

Manchester City


Jurgen Klopp

has been asked about his counterpart in Manchester City, and he has answered the question with a smile, and then he apologized to

Pep Guardiola

for his comments on him that are sometimes annoying.

Jurgen Klopp says that facing Pep Guardiola’s team has been one of his biggest challenges but insists that his side is determined for victory.

Asked at his pre-match press conference on Friday about the respectful nature of the pair’s rivalry, Klopp told reporters:

“I’m not sure I ever told Pep, but I like him! That’s true.

“Obviously from time to time I annoy him with things I say in press conferences. I don’t mean to say anything bad about him, but when somebody from the City staff tells him ‘Klopp said that’, I can see in his press conference that he gets really angry. Sorry for that!

“But no, I respect him a lot. We think we know a lot about each other but we don’t. We’ve met in football games, but two years ago we had a few situations where we went together to Manchester for awards [ceremonies] and stuff like this.

“Our families met, and I can tell you that somebody who has a family like Pep Guardiola must be a good person. His missus and the kids are outstanding, and that’s what is important to me.

“During the game, whatever he says, whatever I say, it’s not important. I want to win, he wants to do that. We are completely different as personalities, but nonetheless I like him and I respect him.”

The Reds’ manager insists that facing Guardiola’s teams is always, challenging although the German manager is confident that his side is always ready for that challenge.

Klopp said:

“It’s one of the biggest challenges for all managers in football to face his teams, because they are good!

“I like that as well, because at this level there is no mercy for mistakes, if I can say it like this? If you make a mistake, bam, you get punished. That’s a game against Manchester City, pretty much always; we better not make a lot of mistakes, otherwise we will get a knock.

“But if you don’t, and you are Liverpool, then you have at least a chance. So let us give it a try.”

source: SportMob

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