Liverpool are due to face Manchester City on Thursday night – their biggest test of the Premier League season so far and Jurgen Klopp claims he has no secret theory towards handling the English champions.
The Reds head coach has won three of his four games against Pep Guardiola in the Premier League so far. He currently holds the best record against the former Barcelona boss, including their professional faceoffs in the Bundesliga.
When asked about the recipe behind defeating one of football’s most successful managers, Klopp said, “It’s not that I feel like I understand 100 per cent what he’s doing. In the second leg of the Champions League [quarter-final last season], we had luck.”
“I thought actually the game we played in the league [at the Etihad] was better but we lost it 5-0; it was a different situation because of the red card but we were really good in the game and were level. We like to defend these highest-quality teams – but it’s so difficult, to be honest, it’s just not easy.”
“I was always blessed with really good football teams but, at the end, even if we won against Pep in a season, he was kind of 20 points ahead without the points from us. That’s not nice.”
“I don’t feel I have the clue for Pep’s football, not a little bit. The only thing I can say is we will again try everything. We have to be brave, play football ourselves – which is a real challenge against them because they defend well and their counter-pressing is good – and they play different systems in one game, so we’ll have to adapt to that as well. It’s a big game.”
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