Jurgen Klopp vs Pep Guardiola. There are few higher rivalries than this one. These two greats of the sport have dominated the footballing panorama in Spain, Germany and now in England.
After all, it’s Pep who, for essentially the most half, has come out on prime in each Germany and England, nevertheless it stays clear that regardless of their contrasting kinds, Klopp and Pep are two of the perfect, arguably even the perfect, managers of their technology.
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And fortuitously for followers of the English sport, these two behemoths have been battling it out within the Premier League for almost six seasons now.
Jurgen Klopp arrived at Liverpool in October of 2015, with Pep linking up with the Sky Blues just below a yr later.
It took each managers a while to regulate to their new sides, with Klopp present process an entire overhaul of what was, at greatest, a Europa League squad, while Pep wanted a season to implement his type and discover the proper personnel for his system.
Manchester Metropolis & Liverpool’s dominance highlighted
Because the 2017/18 marketing campaign although, Liverpool and Manchester Metropolis have monopolized the English top-flight’s title image.
Manchester Metropolis have emerged as champions from three of the final 4 Premier League seasons, with Liverpool in fact taking the crown within the remaining marketing campaign.
It’s not simply in silverware, although, the place these two colossi have overshadowed all others.
Because the 2017/18 marketing campaign, Guardiola and Klopp’s males have claimed 438 and 412 factors respectively from 182 matches. In Man Metropolis’s case, that’s 100 greater than some other Premier League workforce.
The pair are additionally the one two sides to common over two factors per sport in that point (2.41 for Metropolis, 2.26 for Liverpool)
To spotlight the 2 facet’s dominance, Manchester United are their nearest rivals from the identical interval with a price of 1.86 factors per sport.
Elsewhere, Man Metropolis’s 456 objectives and Liverpool’s 403 objectives since 2017/18 dwarfs their nearest competitor – Tottenham with 322 – while the pair even have the 2 greatest defensive data in England from the identical interval, with the Residents transport 135 and Liverpool 155 of their final 182 matches.
So, given how spectacular the pair have been during the last a number of years and with Sunday’s sport seemingly a title-deciding matchup, it solely appears becoming that we glance again at among the greatest battles between Pep Guardiola’s Manchester Metropolis and Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool.
Liverpool 1-Manchester Metropolis 4 (February 2021)
A sport to neglect for the Liverpool trustworthy however one that can go down in infamy nonetheless.
2020/21, in fact, noticed Liverpool trying to defend their first-ever Premier League crown. Nevertheless, after a spate of harm points, the Reds’ title defence was up in smoke earlier than Christmas.
So, when the pair met for this conflict, Liverpool had been down in 4th and had been pressured to deploy a centre-back pairing of Jordan Henderson and Fabinho. As anticipated, it didn’t finish nicely for Liverpool, largely as a result of woeful show of Alisson that noticed the Brazilian present Metropolis their second and third objectives on the day.
The sport completed 4-1 and meant Liverpool had misplaced three constructive residence league matches for the primary time since September of 1963. It was additionally the primary time that the Merseysiders had conceded 4 objectives in a single half of a league sport at Anfield because the go to of Arsenal in 1952.
Liverpool 3-Manchester Metropolis 1 (November 2019)
While the earlier sport was one to neglect for Liverpool followers, this conflict will little doubt go down in historical past because it, in fact, took place in Liverpool’s title-winning marketing campaign.
The 2 sides had fought till the ultimate day of the season in 2018/19 for the title, however there was no such race this time round.
Manchester Metropolis – who had but to signal Ruben Dias – misplaced Aymeric Laporte for a lot of 2019/20 and had been additionally with out Ederson for this sport, had been utterly outdone on the day by some classic Liverpool counterattacking.
Fabinho opened the scoring with a shocking long-range effort earlier than Trent Alexander-Arnold, Andy Robertson and Mohamed Salah mixed to make it 2-0. The sport was then put to mattress by Sadio Mane after 51 minutes with Bernardo Silva’s 78th-minute strike little greater than a comfort.
The end result noticed Liverpool go eight factors away from Metropolis on the prime of the PL and set the tempo for the rest of 2019/20 as Klopp and co. galloped in direction of their first-ever Premier League title.
Manchester Metropolis 5-Liverpool 0 (September 2017)
As talked about above, Liverpool and Manchester Metropolis have the 2 greatest defensive data within the top-flight because the 2017/18 marketing campaign.
Nevertheless, it was not till 2018 – following the purchases of Virgil van Dijk (January 2018) and Alisson (July 2018), that Liverpool had been really in a position to certain up their shaky backline.
Earlier than this, the Reds had been topic to 1 hell of a beating from Guardiola’s Metropolis. A defence of Simon Mignolet, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Ragnar Klavan and Alberto Moreno shipped 5 to a Manchester Metropolis who went on to clinch a record-setting 100 factors within the PL that season.
The sport, which noticed Sadio Mane despatched off after 37 minutes, was arguably Liverpool’s lowest second of the Klopp/Pep period however considered one of Man Metropolis’s greatest.
Liverpool 4-Manchester Metropolis 3 (January 2018)
After being subjected to a 5-0 hammering by the hands of Metropolis earlier within the season, Liverpool received their very own again within the reverse fixture later within the marketing campaign.
Jurgen Klopp’s ‘heavy metallic’ soccer was at its pique on this tie because the Reds ran riot however had been nonetheless open defensively, almost permitting Man Metropolis a late route again into the sport with a late flurry of objectives from Bernardo Silva and Ilkay Gundogan.
After all, Liverpool went on to win 4-3 and it was an indication that the rivalry, which had been pretty one-sided till this level, was starting to lean in Klopp’s favour.
It was additionally considered one of simply two league video games Metropolis misplaced throughout their historic 2017/18 marketing campaign and a loss that noticed their 30-match unbeaten streak within the PL come to an finish.
Manchester Metropolis 2-Liverpool 1 (January 2019)
The ultimate sport on this listing is the bottom scoring nevertheless it was, very like Sunday’s outing has the potential to be, a title-deciding match.
Regardless of it going down halfway by way of a season, the sport, and one second specifically, will dwell in Premier League historical past.
Manchester Metropolis went on to win the match 2-1 however, earlier than a aim had been scored, John Stones cleared the ball off Ederson’s aim line by the narrowest of margins.
Liverpool had been 11 millimetres from taking the lead at Man Metropolis.
What a clearance from John Stones 👏🏾 pic.twitter.com/n1zlwnmlVU
— ESPN UK (@ESPNUK) January 3, 2019
Had Stones not achieved so, it’s truthful to imagine Liverpool might have gone on to attract or win that assembly. Nevertheless, they didn’t and, come the top of the 2018/19 season, Man Metropolis pipped Liverpool to the title by a single level, making that Stones clearance arguably a very powerful little bit of defending from his total profession thus far.