Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp suggested that he has a lot of respect for Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola. The Spaniard visited Anfield on Tuesday to watch The Reds demolish Stoke City 4-1. Both the clubs face each other on New Year’s Eve for a spicy top-of-the-table encounter.
“I respect them a lot, but I have not been to City’s stadium this season or last to watch games. Maybe they want to watch good football.” Klopp said, as reported by BBC.
Liverpool climbed back to second place in the Premier League table replacing Manchester City after their win against Stoke. City on the other hand are also coming off a 3-0 victory against Hull City on Monday before heading to Anfield on Saturday.
“We are already looking forward [to Man City]. It’s a difficult game for both teams, but an exciting one. The best news for us is that it’s at Anfield.” Klopp added, according to ESPN.
Stoke started the game well against Liverpool. The Potters took an early lead in the match courtesy of a Jon Walters goal. However, The Reds stamped their authority after goals from Adam Lallana and Roberto Firmino before half-time.
Liverpool inflicted further misery on their opponent after Stoke’s Giannelli Imbula scored an own goal. Daniel Sturridge scored his first Premier League goal of the season 56 seconds after coming off the bench to clinch the game for the host’s.
Liverpool vs. Stoke City – Highlights
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Liverpool currently lie six points behind league leaders Chelsea during the busy festive season. Manchester City are a point behind The Reds in third place.
Jurgen Klopp stressed that his team has a lot of confidence at the moment halfway through the season. The team is well aware of the quality they possess.
However, the German gaffer was quick to point out that The Reds are unable to replicate their quality in all the matches all the time.
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