Man City boss Pep Guardiola discusses the difficulty of playing Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool after his 3-1 loss at Anfield in the Premier League.
Pep Guardiola has explained why facing Liverpool is so difficult – as he described Manchester City’s defeat as “one of the proud performances” of his managerial career.
The champions were beaten 3-1 at Anfield on Sunday to fall nine points behind the Premier League pace-setters.
Liverpool have now lost only one of their last 51 top-flight games and have taken 34 points from 36 so far this season. Only Tottenham in 1960/61 have a better points-per-game ratio at this stage of a top-flight campaign.
And asked why Liverpool are such a force, Guardiola said: “They are strong in set-pieces, when you sit back and defend in the box, they open up with Robertson and Alexander with crosses, the arrive with Wijnaldum, the second balls, it’s almost impossible to live with the second balls.
“When you get back, when you attack, every mistake you can do, the biggest quality from Jurgen in all his career is with transition.
“You decide before you play. You wait for crosses, crosses, counter attack. You try to create chances, like we did today, we won two titles in a row, seven titles and some people say: ‘we like to watch Man City play football’.”
Of Liverpool’s lead, Guardiola added: “Nine points is a lot, they lost just one game last season, 12 games, 11 victories and one draw but nine points is not easy and yet it’s November.
“Is it their year? My colleague Jurgen can explain better than me.”
Despite the defeat – which means City still haven’t won at Anfield since 2003 – Guardiola was impressed by his team’s performance.
“I think we showed in the most difficult stadium in the world right now, the reason why we are champions,” he said.
“One of the most proud performances I ever leave with in my career, in this stadium, nothing to say unfortunately we lost.