For team manager Pep Guardiola from the English top club Manchester City, Liverpool master coach Jürgen Klopp is his toughest opponent so far. “He is the rival who gave me the most puzzles about how to beat him and his team,” the 49-year-old said in an interview DAZN.
Liverpool FC are the team “against whom it was the most difficult in my coaching career,” explains the former Bayern coach: “If they appear dominant, they will constrict you, there will be no escape. They are very quick to reverse and strategically and mentally extremely strong. If you play dominant yourself, you will find gaps that nobody else will find. “
Even compared to his time as a coach at FC Barcelona and the duels there with arch-rival Real Madrid, the challenge against Liverpool was even greater:
“I have always said that Real Madrid have a very strong team. Real and the difficult duels with Jose Mourinho, Manuel Pellegrini and all the other coaches helped me to become a better coach,” Guardiola says, but admits: “If you ask me about the toughest opponent, it was Liverpool.”