As Pep Guardiola’s Man City prepares to welcome Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp to the Etihad Stadium for a Premier League title showdown, Mirror Football looks back on five memorable battles between them
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Manchester City Prepare for the greeting Liverpool for what was billed as First League Title showdown at Etihad Stadium on Sunday in the latest installment of The Fascinating pep Guardiola and Jürgen Klopp Rivalry.
At one point in early February, Guardiola’s side were 13 points clear of Liverpool and appeared firm favorites to secure their fourth domestic title under the Catalan. But the Reds have put on a tempestuous 10-game winning streak to close the gap to just one point.
It certainly isn’t the first rodeo between Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp that two of the world’s top coaches have clashed for the title in each of the last four seasons. And with that, the pair have overseen some incredible tactical battles over the years – mirror football looks back at five of the most memorable clashes between the two bosses.
Manchester City 5-0 Liverpool – September 9, 2017
Still grappling with English football, Guardiola knew a win over Liverpool would be crucial if his side were going to be in a title shot after watching Chelsea Cruise to the title 2016-17.
But few would have expected such a dominant result. The hosts were already a goal for good when Sadio Mane showed a controversial red card for a high kick on goalkeeper Ederson – and City put his 10-man opponent to the sword.
After Sergio Aguero’s opener, Gabriel Jesus and Leroy Sane piled on the misery, each helping each other to a brace to condemn Klopp to his worst defeat as a Liverpool manager. City dominated the league and grabbed a record 100 points – some 25 ahead of Liverpool in fourth place.
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Liverpool 4-3 Manchester City – 14 January 2018
Revenge is sweet, especially when you can deny your rival something they’ve never achieved before. And for Liverpool, that would have stopped City from continuing arsenal is an unbeaten record.
Armed with an in-form Mohamed Salah and £75million new signing Virgil van Dijk, Liverpool looked transformed as they played the ball around at a rapid pace. To no one’s surprise, it was the Reds’ terrifying front three of Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino, each scoring within nine minutes of the second half.
Bernardo Silva and Ilkay Gündogan closed the gap with goals in the last six minutes. But it was too little, too late, from Guardiola’s men, although they would have the last laugh if they sealed the title in early April.
Liverpool 3-0 Manchester City – April 4, 2018
Just months after City’s unbeaten run ended, Liverpool have also beaten their rivals Champions League is hoping for a memorable evening at Anfield with a 3-0 win.
Klopp’s men sped off the blocks, scoring three first-half goals from Salah, Mane and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain that put the tie beyond doubt. The Reds had won the first leg 2-1 at the Etihad and that was enough to give them a buffer to play with confidence in front of their own fans.
Liverpool reached the final after beating Roma in the last four but two critical errors from Loris Karius would cost them dearly real Madrid sauntered to a 3-1 win. After that, Klopp signed Alisson Becker – and the Merseyside club looked as strong as ever.
Manchester City 2-1 Liverpool – 3 January 2019
Man City knew their true title challengers were gone Manchester United or Chelsea, but their northwestern rival Liverpool. So getting the closest win in the middle of the season would have been a big statement of intent.
For Liverpool, a win would have put them 10 points clear. But City seemed to want it more when Agüero put them in front only for Firmino to equalize. Sane’s goal put the hosts back in front but drama came later in the game when John Stone’s Mane denied a dramatic equalizer.
Goal-line technology later underlined how close the striker had come to equalizing when the ball missed the threshold for a goal by 1.12cm. Not even an inch. But in football the best margins can prove to be the most important and as Liverpool’s form faltered City clinched the title by a single point.
Liverpool 3-1 Manchester City, 10 November 2019
Having lost by just a point the previous season, Liverpool did nothing to stop them clinching their first Premier League title and first domestic triumph since 1990. And their crucial win against City earlier in the season was crucial to their chances.
Fabinho and Salah created a quick double to give Liverpool a massive early advantage and Mane later added a third. Bernardo Silva brought one back but it was only a consolation as Guardiola and Klopp clashed over refereeing decisions that ultimately went Liverpool’s way.
But the German didn’t care. That win gave them an eight-point lead after just eight games in a late-starting season that was delayed by the Coronavirus Pandemic. Even without the passionate Anfield fans to cheer them on, Klopp’s side rallied to finally end 30 years of pain.
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