Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has hailed his rival Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp for making him a better manager.
Guardiola will bring the reigning champions to Anfield. on this sunday
Guardiola and Klopp are direct competitors. Both of their teams have been vying for success in English football over the past few seasons.
“He helped me, his team helped me. make me a better manager He took me to the next level. think about it And prove to myself what I have to do to become a better manager,” said Pep.
“That’s why I’m still in this industry. Some managers, with Jürgen being one of them, have taken you a step further.
City win at Anfield Got it last season It was the first time in 18 years that it was an empty stadium, but Guardiola insisted he wanted the fans to come in at full capacity.
“I’m delighted at Anfield. Back on the field again And we can go there to play. It’s good that people keep coming back. And we can enjoy the wonderful atmosphere there. Hopefully we can cope well.”
Pep Guardiola has hailed his rival Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp
“I don’t know the reason why we haven’t won at Anfield for 18 years, in my five years it’s because they are a great team.”
Klopp’s Liverpool has been tough to beat at Anfield, with the Reds going 68 league games without defeat at home between April 2017 and January 2021.
Manchester City’s 4-1 win at Anfield last season was their first victory on Liverpool turf in 18 years and has been attributed to the game being played behind closed doors due to the coronavirus pandemic.
But Guardiola insisted his team was relishing a vibrant Anfield. And that any hostile atmosphere would not prevent his team from playing their game.
“I am very pleased Anfield is full again. We can enjoy a fantastic atmosphere and hopefully we can handle it,” he added.
“I am sure the players enjoy (more) to play with fans in Anfield than without. Everything is more alive, more difficult.”
Left-back Oleksandr Zinchenko and midfielder Ilkay Gundogan will be missing from Guardiola’s squad on Sunday and will not be available until after October’s international break.