Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp believes Manchester City still is the strongest team in the world ahead of their Saturday clash.
Guardiola’s side is at the top of the table after 12 matches, one point ahead of Arsenal and Liverpool. The Reds lost 4-1 against Man City at Etihad last season, but Klopp believes his team has closed the gap to City.
“Saturday is a tough one, it’s the strongest team in the world for the last few years. Our record [at the Etihad] is not great you will tell me! They are extremely strong, nothing I can say makes them weaker otherwise I would say it on repeat. Last year is just a memory,” Klopp said in his news conference on Friday.
“If we make it uncomfortable we have a chance. If they are comfortable in their game, no team has a chance. It feels like we are a bit closer [this season] but we need to win decisive battles on the pitch.
“I’m far off sitting here and thinking ‘we’ve got City’. It’s not ‘City beware’. They are extremely strong.”
Liverpool is the only team that has managed to win the Premier League apart from Manchester City since 2018. However, Klopp is not sure Guardiola’s side is their biggest rival in the league.
“Is the rivalry the biggest? I don’t know but it’s the toughest game you can play for years. The fans will decide the rival but football wise we needed time to become a rival on the pitch,” he said.