“He is without a doubt the best coach I have seen in my lifetime,” assures Jürgen Klopp, Liverpool coach, about his Manchester City rival Pep Guardiola, before their summit confrontation on Sunday (4:45 p.m.) in the Premier League .

“I do the same job and I’m pretty good so I know how to recognize excellence… You ask me, I’ll answer you. For me he is the best,” declared the German technician at a press conference on Friday. The two coaches have been opposing each other for several years in the Premier League. In the last six seasons, Manchester City have won the championship five times, Liverpool once. This year, the two teams are still fighting for the top of the ranking, with before this 28th day a slight lead for the Reds (63 against 62 points). All with Arsenal in ambush (3rd, 61 points).

On Sunday, Jurgen Klopp leaves with home advantage, a factor he described as “very important”. Since 2003, Liverpool have only lost once at Anfield against the Citizens, that was in 2021 and the stadium was empty due to the pandemic. A victory this weekend would give Liverpool a four-point lead over City but Jürgen Klopp was quick to downplay the importance of this match, explaining that it was too early to call it decisive.

This meeting could mark one of the last duels between the two coaches. The German technician officially announced that he would leave his club at the end of the season. Enough to give even more flavor to Sunday’s shock.

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