Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is looking forward to facing Liverpool. The two sides look set to renew their epic rivalry this season. Liverpool have started the season well and sit second on the Premier League table. Manchester City are currently on top of the table heading into today’s game at the Etihad.
When asked pre-game about Liverpool and the rivalry between the two clubs Guardiola said he was looking forward to the clash. He said: “I think we are all friends. Time goes forward, eight years with Liverpool and not the same team as the start. They are similar of course, Trent Alexander-Arnold can play inside now but the ideas are similar. Always they’ve been our best rivals. Top club, top team, looking forward to it.”
The Manchester City manager also had praise for Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp. He told the media Klopp has made him a better manager adding: “He makes me a better manager. Through his teams. The transitions, the space they make in behind, Nunez, Salah. They have a fantastic team, no doubt.”
In the lead-up to Saturday’s clash, Jurgen Klopp had criticised the kick-off time following the international break. While Pep Guardiola had sympathy for Klopp he had a sarcastic message for the Liverpool manager: “Please don’t blame Man City for that, please, we are not involved. We ruin the Premier League but you know, I’m sorry, it’s not that, it’s a kick-off from them it’s not our fault.“
Today’s game promises to be another classic encounter in arguably the biggest rivalry in the Premier League currently. The two teams have brought the best out in one another over the past five seasons. Today’s encounter promises to be the next instalment in the rivalry.