Pep Guardiola sends strong message to Jurgen Klopp after post-match handshake

Manchester City drew 2-2 with Liverpool at the Etihad on Sunday, putting the champions of Pep Guardiola a point clear of the Reds in second place at the top of the Premier League

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pep Guardiola insists Jurgen Klopp ‘makes him a better manager’ Manchester City’s vibrant 2-2 draw With First League Title rivals Liverpool at the Etihad.

Sunday’s game was exciting from start to finish. City opened the scoring after just five minutes when Kevin De Bruyne’s deflected shot landed in Alisson’s net. Moments later Liverpool forward Diogo Jota finished with a nice move to 1:1.

The Reds were frenetic and nervous in the first half – and Gabriel Jesus took advantage by making it 2-1 for City in the 36th minute. Liverpool were significantly better after the break, needing just 47 seconds to equalize sadio mane.

City remain leaders, a point ahead of Klopp’s side. Both teams have seven games left, although none of City’s games are against so-called ‘Big Six’ clubs. Liverpoolstill have to play Manchester United and Tottenham.

“I don’t know if Jurgen respects me, but I respect him a lot,” said Guardiola. “He makes me a better manager…his teams are positive, aggressive and they want to attack. I try to imitate him.

“We’re not friends, we don’t have dinner together, we’re going to have dinner at the hall of fame one day, I have his phone number but I don’t call him. I have a lot of respect for him and I know next Saturday we will try to beat him.”

Pep Guardiola and Jürgen Klopp had to share the points on Sunday afternoon


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On City’s run-in, Guardiola added: “Seven Premier League games is a lot of points, we have to play away, they have to but I felt like we’ll behave. I don’t know what will happen. How we played against a team that I admire a lot.

“It got me thinking a lot, attacking, defensively, got me thinking, playing the way they’ve been doing for so many years, I want to win the Premier League but it doesn’t matter. We’re so good and I think all our fans enjoyed it.

“It is what it is [the draw]. You are the expert, you have to analyze, write and tell, it is what is. We played an incredible half-time at Anfield and when we equalized it was the same result.

“I felt that we were going to miss the opportunity to get four points, but I said to you, it doesn’t happen that you win, lose, draw, it’s not over. I would say the same with a win , it’s not over because I told you we were going to take advantage, we know what we have to do, go to Madrid, FA Cup then we are done. The Premier League is as big as it can be.”

Guardiola continued: “It’s good publicity for the Premier League for fans around the world, it was a fantastic game. Both teams are trying to win, we did everything but we didn’t win.”

“I felt like we were letting them go alive here, Liverpool are a joy to watch, I know the threats they have up front. I think we played really well, I’m really proud. I said I want to not with your head down.” , cheer up and we will announce to the world that we played incredibly well. Seven games left, we have to win them all or it’s over. We’ll play for it and that’s it.”

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