Pep Guardiola up for sixth Premier League Manager of the Month award

Pep Guardiola up for sixth Premier League Manager of the Month award

Pep Guardiola up for sixth Premier League Manager of the Month award

I don't play against the manager, we play against Liverpool.

Liverpool have drawn most of the plaudits for their start to the campaign but go into the match on a three-match winless run, with defeat and then a draw against Chelsea in cup and league before Wednesday's 1-0 Champions League loss in Naples. "This team together with the club, the money they have and this manager is exceptional", Klopp said.

There is a huge clash in the Premier League this Sunday as Liverpool host Manchester City at Anfield in a battle of the top two in the table. That's why we have to try and create as often as possible and Pep's teams are best at that, and I can admit that easily because it's so obvious.

Liverpool have not conceded a goal in the last 751 minutes of league football at Anfield - their best since a sequence of 934 minutes in 2007. I am not expecting what happened in Napoli where they have one shot, it won't happen at Anfield.

Napoli's pressing didn't allow the front three any time on the ball and they should expect much of the same against City, so they'll have to get rid of the ball much quicker and play more of those little passing triangles they manage to pull off so well.

Jürgen Klopp has revealed the potent formula required to defeat Pep Guardiola's teams: courage and luck.

"I wouldn't sit here now and say, 'Yes, this is the game between the two big ones, United is not there any more, '" he said. I cannot understand how we can ignore them. He is so bad, what is he doing here?' It does not work like that. They are a top side even if we win, the way they play.

"But I think it will be hard for Spurs to challenge for the title with their squad depth and how many players went to the World Cup but I wouldn't write off Chelsea with Eden Hazard in the form he's in".

Just seven games into the Premier League season, no knockout blow can be landed this weekend.

But that concern does not extend to Klopp, who said: 'Expectation changed, that's normal. He set completely new standards last year [for goalscoring], but for all the rest [of his game] it's what he did last year. "Each striker could write a book about these moments when you score without knowing how exactly it works, how you did it, with each ball in a flawless way and stuff like that", said the German manager.

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