Jurgen Klopp happens to be the only Manager in the whole universe who has won five times against Pep Guardiola in all competition. Whilst they met in the EPL on Sunday, Liverpool would be considered the favorites over Man City if history truly was to repeat itself.
City and Kops encounter was very exhilarating as both teams tried and tested each other, with equal number of shots (13 each), three on target for Manchester City and four for Liverpool. The game had the capacity to generate ten goals with each scoring five however the end justified the means.
Liverpool first scored with a penalty courtesy of Milner’s successful conversion. Gael Clichy was unable to smartly get the ball from Roberto Firminho, as a result decided to bring down the Liverpool player triggering the referee to put a penalty.
Sergio Aguero who has netted four times in the previous four meetings against Liverpool at home took the tally to five, earlier on in the game missed a chance with header but still fought to access a pass by Kevin De Bruyne and shot quickly beyond Simon Mignolet.
Guardiola expressed happiness in an interview with sky sports, “you cannot imagine. It is one of the happiest days of my career as a manager. I am so proud. After the champions League, the Last few days at training people were so, so, sad, people don’t talk too much.” said Pep.
He added, “We arrive here against Liverpool who have no Europe all season and one week to prepare. The Spirit, how we played, it is one of my happiest days as a manager. We created more chances than them.”
The Spanish disclosed weakness of the team in his words, “Our problem is we don’t score when they are easy goals. At least we showed spirit that we didn’t show in the first half in Monaco. When you approach one game after 10 games winning nothing is special.”
The Manchester City manager finally revealed reason why he is happy, “You have to consider the situation we played this game, how we played against them, a top team – they have exceptional players – mean a lot to me. That is why I am happy.”
Meanwhile the man who knows Guardiola in and Out, Jurgen Klopp neither wasn’t unhappy with the results.
“To get a point at Manchester City for each team in the world is absolutely ok.” He admitted situations where City outplayed them, “There were few situations where we couldn’t defend their quality.”
At the same time Klopp didn’t rule out possibilities of winning,
“we could have won this game, because we forced the goalkeeper into a few outstanding saves.” He added, “we a phase between 50 – 70 where we had them and didn’t close the game. We let them recover on the pitch, so they came back.”
Finally the German tactician Concluded,
“They deserved the goal, but we could have scored more. Two highly motivated sides, both wanted to win until the last seconds.”
Inspite of the numerous goal Opportunities, City and Liverpool played 0 – 0 in the first half and at least each scored a goal in the second half.