It goes without saying that Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola are fierce rivals.
Klopp believes the rivalry has pushed both coaches to “insane levels” over the years.
Liverpool, coached by Klopp and Guardiola’s Manchester City, are once again fighting the Premier League title this season.
Man City are at the summit of the table, six points ahead of Liverpool, who have a game in hand. And both the English giants still have to meet in April.
Guardiola admitted that Klopp’s Liverpool are the toughest team he has faced in his coaching career following the 4-1 victory over Manchester United on Sunday.
Klopp has since responded, praising Guardiola’s Bayern Munich, whom he played against when he was at the helm at Borussia Dortmund.
“I can give that back, hey?! Easily. I could say City is the toughest opponent I ever had, but I should not forget I faced him already at Bayern, so I cannot say that it was much easier. It’s just a different situation,” said Klopp.
“I know what he means – we push each other on insane levels, we pushed each other on insane levels in the last few years. The amount of points both teams collected, OK, we couldn’t cope with it last year for obvious reasons, but in the other years, we were really around.
“How I said, I don’t think City would get the amount of points they will get this year if we wouldn’t be around, and the other way around is pretty much the same. It’s good but a lot of games to play, so we will see where we end up.”