Liverpool will take huge confidence into their Premier League clash with Manchester City on Saturday, knowing recent history is firmly on their side; the Reds have beaten the Citizens four times from their last five meetings in the top flight, the only exception being a 1-1 draw at the Etihad Stadium last season.
And Jurgen Klopp’s exceptional record against Pep Guardiola is yet another point of inspiration Liverpool can draw from for the Premier League’s 12.30pm kickoff. This isn’t exactly a managerial rivalry of the Arsene Wenger-Jose Mourinho variety where neither man can stand the site of each other, but there will certainly be a sense of competitiveness from the City dugout particularly; Pep knowing no manager has dished him out more defeats than his opposite number.
Indeed, starting with their first ever encounter in the 2013/14 German Super Cup and ending with a 1-0 victory at Anfield last season, the former Dortmund boss has claimed five victories from ten meetings against his one-time Bayern Munich counterpart, including a famous win in the 2014 DFB-Pokal final.
Why the dominance, I hear you ask? Some would argue Klopp is one of the few managers able to get into Guardiola’s head, but the real cause appears to be in style of play. Much like how Mourinho’s use of 4-3-3 stopped Arsenal’s Invincibles in their tracks, a tactical trend Wenger’s yet to truly recover from, the gegenpressing style Klopp employs found success amid an era in which most teams were still trying to replicate the possession-based philosophy Guardiola famously developed at Barcelona.
But will it be another victory for Klopp on Saturday, or will Guardiola manage to reverse the tide? Let us know by commenting below…