Jurgen Klopp believes that Pep Guardiola is the best manager in the world ahead of their meeting in the Premier League this weekend. The Spaniard has come under criticism for experimenting during big games. He joked that he has found a solution for the showdown where he will use 12 players. Klopp and his team have the chance to leapfrog their opponents and have the title race in their own hands.

“It was ironic! I saw there was a story in Ecuador this week which claimed I didn’t understand Luis Diaz. You have a responsibility on this planet. If you want to talk to us then please do us a favor and help us. Pep said ironically, ‘I overthink, and I like overthinking’,” Jurgen Klopp said about Pep Guardiola. “Pep is the best coach in the world. I think we would all agree on that and it might be a coincidence that it didn’t work out in the Champions League so far. If anybody doubts him, I have no idea how that could happen.”

“Very often it doesn’t happen when two top teams face each other, but our history of matches has shown them to be an interesting watch as both teams really go for it. Both teams want to use momentum, and gaps and create momentum. We both look for gaps so I expect an interesting game,” he added. “In sport, what helps the most is having a strong opponent. In the long term, especially, that helps you the most. I’m sure [Rafa] Nadal and [Roger] Federer helped each other a lot. I’m not sure it would’ve been the case had they not had each other to compete against. I wouldn’t say it’s helpful [having City as a title rival], but it hasn’t denied our development.”

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