I couldn't respect Guardiola more - Klopp moving on from 'dive' spat

Jurgen Klopp Pep Guardiola

It was the latest VAR controversy in the Premier League and is certain to spark more debate, but while the opening goal set the tone, Liverpool's dominance was soon evident all across the field. "I want to compete for titles and to be the best, and to do that you have to win against the best".

Liverpool, whose last Premier League defeat was away to City in January, are six points clear of the champions at the top of the table heading into the encounter on Merseyside.

"For me, it's a 100 per cent want-to-win game, 100 per cent with all I have". I think he plays the team like a theatre. The way they play and create chances and the personality to play all the time.

The issue has dominated much of the build-up to Sunday's huge showdown between the top two at Anfield, but Klopp has sought to move on by underlining his respect for his opposite number, after Guardiola backtracked by saying he did not mean to accuse Mane of cheating.

City won the Premier League title last season despite big competition from rivals Liverpool.

"After they made it 3-1 they had momentum and we had heavy legs and you need a little bit of luck".

"It was not sarcastic, I say thank you so much all the time", Guardiola said.

'After the punishment we got we haven't had a similar situation - the positive outcome of something like this.

But City felt the stunning effort should have been ruled out - and a penalty awarded to them - as 20 seconds earlier, an attempted cross hit Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold on the arm inside the box, but the VAR review went against the visitors.

Manchester City are now 4th on the log leaving them nine points behind Liverpool and one behind second-placed Leicester City and third-placed Chelsea.

They're now six points ahead of Man City, with the teams coming face-to-face at Anfield this afternoon (4.30pm).

"It will be tight, and the first half could be a tactical chess match, but I'm backing City to nick this one and blow the title race wide open".

"As with any match, a comprehensive and appropriate policing operation has been put in place ahead of Sunday's game and we have liaised with both clubs and their supporter groups", said Superintendent Paul White.

"Maybe other people [who] are smarter than me can see it like this".

"The media will make a lot of it, and people have been talking about it for the whole week, even before the Champions League, but we just do our job, keep calm and prepare ourselves".

'Not that we did it all together, we all didn't throw the bottle or whatever it was, but it was one of us.

"If he couldn't play it would change [things] because he's an important part of their game", he said.

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