Jurgen Klopp Names Top Four Rivals as the Premier League’s Most Difficult Team to Play Against
Speaking ahead of his side’s highly anticipated clash against Manchester City on Sunday afternoon, Jurgen Klopp has claimed that the blue half of Manchester are the most difficult side to play against in the Premier League.
When the two sides last met in the Premier League at Anfield on New Years Eve, it was Liverpool who were victorious thanks to Georginio Wijnaldum’s strike in the 8th minute.
Man City will be mourning after their Champions League exit courtesy of AS Monaco, which saw them squander a two goal first-leg lead following their 5-3 victory at the Etihad and go out on the away goals rule.
The clash between the Merseyside and Manchester sides will play a massive part in moulding the top four as Liverpool lie in fourth and City in third while Arsenal who lie in fifth have two games in hand with United also knocking on the door.
Klopp believes that City’s playing style is what makes them so difficult to beat, saying: “We know we can be difficult to play in games like this. But we have to be at our best to get anything there.
“We’ve felt good in these games so far but for me City is the most difficult team to play. It’s real football, difficult to defend.”
Despite City’s recent European disappointments Klopp doesn’t believe there will be a hangover effect coming into the game.
“I don’t they will still be disappointed, they will want to strike back. This time we will defend very deep and give them space. If you are passive versus City you have no chance.”
Pep Guardiola and Klopp are no strangers to each other following their rivalry in the Bundesliga as they managed Bayern and Dortmund respectively but the German manager has nothing but respect for his Spanish colleague.
“I would say Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona squad was the perfect role model for a winning situation. It was an outstanding combination.”Follow GuyFancy