Pep Guardiola says Jurgen Klopp rivalry has made him a better manager ahead of Liverpool vs Man City clash

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Pep Guardiola says Jurgen Klopp rivalry has made him a better manager ahead of Liverpool vs Man City clash
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Pep Guardiola says his rivalry with Jurgen Klopp has turned him into a better manager as the pair prepare to lock horns again this weekend.

Manchester City and Liverpool, the two most recent Premier League champions, meet for the first time this season at Anfield on Sunday afternoon.

With Guardiola and Klopp at the helm, the two clubs have been the pre-eminent forces in the English game in recent seasons.

Guardiola said: “He helped me, his teams helped me, to be a better manager. He put me at another level, to think about it and to prove myself what I had to do to be a better manager.

“That’s the reason I’m still in this business. Some managers, and Jurgen is one of them, challenge you to make a step forward.”

City won at Anfield last season for the first time in 18 years.

With the game in February played during the coronavirus lockdown, it was said at the time that the lack of fans may have helped City, but Guardiola insists he would rather play at a full house.

He said: “I’m very pleased Anfield is full again and we can go there to play a game. It’s nice that the people are back and we can enjoy a fantastic atmosphere there. Hopefully we can handle it in a good way.

“I don’t know the reasons why we didn’t win at Anfield over the 18 years. Over my five years, it was because they are an exceptional team.”

Additional reporting by PA.

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