Pep Guardiola: What I really think of Liverpool FC under Jurgen Klopp

Pep Guardiola assesses the threat posed by Liverpool FC ahead of their clash with Manchester City

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola Photo: The Sport Review

Pep Guardiola has paid tribute to the job Jurgen Klopp has done since taking over at Liverpool FC.

The German manager has been earning lots of praise for the impact he has had at the Merseyside outfit, with Liverpool FC having reached the Champions League final last season.

The Reds have started this season strongly and have only dropped two points in their opening seven Premier League games ahead of Sunday’s showdown with Guardiola’s Manchester City side at Anfield.

The Citizens, meanwhile, have also only dropped two points so far this term and head into this weekend’s game top of the table on goal difference, and level on points with Liverpool FC.

Guardiola’s Manchester City side won the Premier League title last season with a record points tally of 100 – however, the Spaniard was full of praise for the impact Klopp has had at Anfield recently.

Speaking at his pre-match news conference ahead of Sunday’s game, Guardiola said: “Every game is completely different.

“In the first Champions League game [against Liverpool FC last season] we made a good performance except at the end of the first half.

“At home we made very good game as well. It doesn’t matter that we lost.

“Since Jurgen took over he has a lot of weapons to attack on the counter and in set pieces and they take advantage of mistakes.

“They are so good at making a real attack and the three guys in front connect very well. They are a top side and reached the Champions League final.”

Despite all of the praise that has come Klopp and Liverpool FC’s way recently, Reds fans will be desperate to turn their solid performances and promise into some silverware.

The Merseyside outfit have not yet lifted a trophy since Klopp was appointed at Anfield back in October 2015 – although they have been showing some significant signs of progress, as they ended up as runners-up in the Champions League to Real Madrid last season.

Liverpool FC head into the game looking to return to winning ways after they slumped to a 1-0 loss to Napoli in the Champions League in midweek.

Indeed, the Merseyside outfit are without a win in their last three outings, with the defeat by Napoli following the Premier League draw at Chelsea FC last weekend.

The Reds were also knocked out of the League Cup at the hands of Maurizio Sarri’s Chelsea FC team at Anfield last month.

The Citizens, meanwhile, claimed a 2-1 win over Hoffenheim in the Champions League group stage on Tuesday night.

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