Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp have been battling it out for a while now. The rivalry did not start on British shores but can be dated back to their time in the Bundesliga when Jurgen Klopp was in charge of Borussia Dortmund and Pep Guardiola in charge or Bundesliga.
Although the leagues have changed, the dynamics, not so much. With Pep as the champion and Jurgen Klopp as a very worthy adversary, whilst Klopp has enjoyed the upper hand and more success in Europe in recent history.
Pep has dominated locally, picking up domestic trophies for fun.
The mind games have already started, Last week, Klopp said Liverpool have less money to spend this summer because they “have bills to pay” and do not live in this “fantasy land where you get whatever you want” some suspect this was a subtle jab at Pep and Man City’s transfer policy.
Pep did not deny he was offended by the implications of Klopp’s statement coming out and saying, “Yeah it bothers me because it is not true that we have spent £200m every transfer market.. “Also it’s Liverpool – ‘you’ll never walk alone’ – it’s not a small team.”
“But we can’t spend £200m every season. For example, Liverpool spent over £200m last season, and they can’t do it this season. For us it is the same.”
We expect both these sides to be competing at the top end of the table once again and cannot wait till the first meeting in the league on the 9th of November, if previous meetings are anything to go by, we know this is going to be a corker.
By Mosope Afolabi