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We are not friends” – Pep Guardiola opens up on his relationship with Liverpool rival manager Jurgen Klopp

We are not friends” – Pep Guardiola opens up on his relationship with Liverpool rival manager Jurgen Klopp

Pep Guardiola, manager of Manchester City, has addressed his relationship with Jurgen Klopp, manager of Liverpool, after the two teams fought off a thrilling 2-2 tie.

Guardiola’s men seized the lead twice against Liverpool on Sunday, but the Reds always found a way to equalize.

Honors were even, which was appropriate given the narrative surrounding the event. The rivalry between the two teams is widely regarded as the best in Premier League history.

Following the game, Guardiola was asked about his relationship with Klopp.

Guardiola told Sky Sports that he appreciates the German manager while emphasizing that they are still rivals (via City Xtra):

“I respect Jurgen [Klopp] so much. He has made me a better manager. We are not friends – we don’t lunch together – I have his number, but I don’t call him. There is respect – he knows next Saturday, I will try to beat him.”

Next Saturday, Manchester City will face Liverpool in the FA Cup semi-finals at Wembley Stadium, in yet another fascinating encounter between the two managers.

Both managers are aiming for numerous trophies for their clubs this season. There is a chance that the two teams will face not only in the FA Cup, but also in the UEFA Champions League.

If Manchester City and Liverpool reach the Final, they will meet in Paris. The two teams are already on their way to the championship game, having won the first leg of their respective quarter-finals.

The two iconic managers sit atop European football. Both boast of phenomenal careers and their current head-to-head record is: 23 games played, 9 wins, 9 losses, and 5 draws.

Pep Guardiola reinvented the tiki-taka style that Barcelona are so renowned for in Catalonia. His unbelievable stint in charge of Barca gave the football world a shock.

It was perhaps the turning point in how football is played as sides started adopting a more attacking and possession style of play.

Meanwhile, Klopp was somewhat of an emerging underdog in German football. He managed to knock down the perennial giants of Bundesliga, Bayern Munich.

Both have similarities in how they immediately steamrolled their respective teams into history.

Their rivalry began in German football when Guardiola joined Bayern Munich in 2013, just as Klopp was leaving Dortmund.

Guardiola defeated Klopp in three of their four Bundesliga matches during their time in Germany. Klopp’s Dortmund did, however, defeat the Spaniard’s squad twice in the German Super Cup before moving to Liverpool in 2015.

Guardiola would later depart Bayern to join Manchester City in 2016, and Premier League football has never been the same since.

Each season, the two have forged a rivalry worthy of the two heavyweight clubs they represent.

Liverpool and Manchester City are presently England’s best clubs, thanks in large part to their two legendary managers.


We are not friends” – Pep Guardiola opens up on his relationship with Liverpool rival manager Jurgen Klopp

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