Josep Guardiola also spoke very enthusiastically about Jürgen Klopp in the run-up to the Liverpool-Manchester City match. The manager of the 'Citizens' believes that Liverpool owes the current success to the German.
"He has done quite a bit. Liverpool was not a title candidate when he took over, but in three, four years he has led them to the top," Guardiola said at his press conference two days prior to the meeting at Anfield.
Guardiola and Klopp squabbled in the media at the start of this week. The former called Liverpool striker Sadio Mané "a great talent that sometimes makes mischief", something that initially put bad blood on Klopp, but he put an end to that discussion on Thursday.
"We constantly get all kinds of questions and then you answer in a second, without thinking about others and that the camera is on. But there is no problem between us," Klopp then told Sky Sports .
"It is impossible to have more respect than I have for 'Pep'. That's how it is. I have known him for many years, but I still think it is a great honor to be able to take on him. I see him as the best manager in the world. "
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"Don't know if title fight was played in defeat"
Liverpool won, except for one tie so far, everything in the Premier League and is therefore sovereign in the lead with 31 points. City lost eight points for the time being and follows six points behind (25 points).
"I don't know if the title fight will be played if we lose on Sunday. I really have no idea. The season is going to last so long. I just want my team to fight to the end," said Guardiola, who is aware of the form from the competitor.
"Liverpool lost only once in the previous league and is still undefeated this season. I can't imagine that they will lose a lot in the coming months, but that is to be seen."
The squatter between Liverpool and City starts on Sunday at 5 p.m. Dutch time at Anfield and is led by referee Michael Oliver. Last season, both teams held each other in Liverpool on a scoreless draw (0-0).
Ederson was the best at City at the time, but he is missing on Sunday. He was injured on Wednesday when he visited Atalanta (1-1) and was replaced by Claudio Bravo, who was red against Atalanta and was relieved by defender Kyle Walker.
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