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‘I apologise’ – What Pep Guardiola has said about Liverpool ahead of Man City clash

‘I apologise’ – What Pep Guardiola has said about Liverpool ahead of Man City clash

This weekend, Liverpool will face Manchester City as they resume their Premier League campaign. The match will take place at the Etihad Stadium, marking Liverpool’s return to the race for a top-four finish.

Currently, Jurgen Klopp’s team is seven points behind Tottenham Hotspur in fourth place, with two games in hand. Although Liverpool is trailing Man City by 19 points, they managed to secure a win in the reverse fixture at Anfield back in October.

Over the years, both Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola have had a lot to say about their respective teams. Even though Liverpool and Manchester City are not currently battling it out at the top of the Premier League this season, Guardiola has still frequently commented on the Reds.

Sure, here are some notable things Pep Guardiola has said about Liverpool this season:

After Liverpool beat Man City in Community Shield – July 2022

When asked if the game could be a benchmark for the Premier League, Guardiola said: “We will see. I don’t know exactly what is going to happen. I don’t have this vision.

“Congratulations to Liverpool. The first 15-20 minutes they were better and after we got our game going it was quite similar (between the teams) in the last 20-25 minutes (of the first half), we arrive when they leave the space.

“The second half we started really well, our game was there, we were really good against this team, confident and creating enough chances to do it, then they make the transition and the penalty and after was more difficult

“We have two weeks and little bit since we start (pre-season) so we cannot expect too much. I said to the players how proud I was. We have to improve and the timing is not much what we have to do. We need this month along with training to get our tempo and we will do it.”

Before Liverpool vs Man City – October 2022

“Always have been [our main rivals], always it is, and will be. If you asked that question with 10 games left I would say I don’t think Liverpool can catch the top of the league,” said Guardiola prior to Liverpool’s 1-0 win at Anfield.

“But being in the position we are now, and with the World Cup, anything can happen. I know the quality they have.

“It has always been a tough game and I don’t expect anything else. Always have been, always it is, and will be. I know the quality they have, the character.”

“The game will be dictated by what happens on the pitch, not because we are in front [in the league]. My opinion I have for this team [Liverpool], nothing has changed. They always have been and always will be [our biggest title threat].

“I know the quality they have, they know the quality we have. If there were 10 games left, I think Liverpool could not catch the top of the league, in this case, Arsenal. But being in the position we are in, with the World Cup, anything can happen.”

The week after Liverpool beat Man City – October 2022

“It looks like with my statement I believe more in the Liverpool team than their manager,” said Guardiola, in response to Klopp saying that Liverpool were not in the Premier League title race.

“It’s just 10 fixtures gone, the World Cup in the middle and a lot of games to play, Europe involved and cup competitions involved, injuries involved.

“I said before when we have six or seven games left, yes. When it is just 10 games, one thousand million things can happen.”

February 2023

Asked if City’s experience could be the deciding factor in the title race, Guardiola replied: “I would like to say yes, but I don’t know. Every season is completely different.

“I always give an important example to my players about this kind of thing from the Champions League from years ago, when Milan played Liverpool and Liverpool made a big comeback under Rafa Benitez.

“Milan were 3-0 [up] at half-time and had the most experienced line-up I’ve ever seen with [Paolo] Maldini, Cafu, [Gennaro] Gattuso, [manager] Carlo Ancelotti, and they lost.”

February 2023

“I don’t know if we are responsible for Steven Gerrard slipping at Anfield,” said Guardiola. “Was that our fault? I have respect for Steven Gerrard – but that moment belongs to us.

“The moments that we lived these years together, the Premier League will decide…but I know what we won and the way we won it. I know the effort we put in. If something happened in 2009 or 2010 it is not going to change one second.”

A few days later, Guardiola apologised for his remarks about Gerrard.

“I apologise to Steven Gerrard for my unnecessary and stupid comments I said last time about him,” said Guardiola.

“He knows how I admire him and his career, what he has done for this country where I’m living and training. I am ashamed of myself for what I said because he doesn’t deserve it.

“I truly believe in my comments in my previous press conference to defend my club, but I didn’t represent my club well putting his name in these stupid comments.

“I apologised to him personally but I have to do it here as well. I’m so sorry for him, for Alex his wife, kids, family because it was stupid.”

After Man City beat Burnley before the international break

“It is what it is. For me, it’s perfect as I will go to Barcelona and Abu Dhabi so it’s perfect,” said Guardiola. “I pray that no-one comes back with an injury. I said to the players – come back fit. You know exactly what you need.

“You work here every day with our incredible staff and backroom staff. What you need to be fit, you need to do it in the national team and, hopefully, the managers take care of the players as much as possible.

“The week now is rest, go with the national team, come back and three days to prepare for Liverpool and we will see what happens next.”

Before Saturday’s clash at the Etihad

Speaking about Liverpool yesterday, Guardiola said: “We know each other for many years, so one more.

“They remain an exceptional team. My opinion doesn’t change. They can beat everyone, like we can beat everyone. One game is one game.”

‘I apologise’ – What Pep Guardiola has said about Liverpool ahead of Man City clash

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