Memorable matches between Pep and Klopp in the Premier League
09 Apr 2022 | 11:16 | Football
With the current strength of Man City and Liverpool, Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp are becoming a new rivalry pair in Premier League history.
On March 19, 2017, Man City drew Liverpool 1-1 at Etihad Stadium. This is considered one of the most dramatic matches between Pep and Klopp since both were present in England. Former Man City, James Milner scored from the penalty spot to open the scoring for Liverpool in the 51st minute. However, Sergio Aguero then leveled the gap.
The match was played with a double attack when both had clear scoring opportunities. Kevin De Bruyne or Adam Lallana hit the wooden frame. Former player Kenny Dalglish then commented: “Man City and Liverpool performed the typical entertaining football of the Premier League”.
On January 14, 2018, Liverpool overcame Man City at Anfield in a match with 7 goals. Klopp’s side took the lead 3-1 after an hour thanks to goals from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane. After Mohamed Salah scored to raise the score to 4-1, Man City only got up in the last minutes.
However, everything became too late for Man City. The away team only had two equalizers thanks to the goals of Bernardo Silva and Ilkay Gundogan. The green half of Manchester still won the Premier League at the end of the season with many records, but coach Guardiola then had to admit the 3-4 defeat to Liverpool was “really hard to swallow”.
On January 3, 2019, Liverpool and Man City continued to create another memorable match. Klopp’s team was then 7 points ahead of Man City in the race to win the Premier League. The drama of the match came when Mane hit the post, the ball flew into the goal and John Stones had to block it right on the goal line. Goal-line technology then showed that the ball was only 11.2 mm above the goal line.
After that situation, Aguero scored the opening goal for Man City at the end of the first half. Firmino equalized for the visitors, but Leroy Sane scored in the 72nd minute to help Man City win 2-1. The above match created a turning point to help Man City catch up with the opponent in the Premier League race and win the championship at the end of the season.
On November 10, 2019, Liverpool won 3-1 against Man City at Anfield. After letting opponents make a bitter comeback in the Premier League race last season, “The Kop” started the 2019/20 season strongly. Victory over Man City in the first leg gives Liverpool more confidence to conquer the dream of winning the Premier League.
Fabinho, Salah and Mane scored for Liverpool respectively. Man City had Bernardo Silva’s equalizer at the end of the game. However, the controversy of the match broke out when Guardiola thought that Man City deserved a penalty when the score was 2-0 for the home team. At the end of the season, Liverpool won the English championship for the first time after 30 years of waiting.
On October 3, 2021, Liverpool drew 2-2 with Man City. Experts consider this to be one of the best matches of the Premier League in the past two decades. Mane and Salah twice put the Anfield team ahead, but Foden and De Bruyne then equalized.
“What impressed me in this match was that both teams played offensively,” commented Rio Ferdinand at the time. “Pep and Jurgen both play their signature football and they have no intention of going back.” Meanwhile, Jamie Carragher affirmed: “Liverpool and Man City have just performed the top football of Europe”.