Manchester Metropolis supervisor Pep Guardiola says his rivalry with Liverpool counterpart Jurgen Klopp has made him a “higher supervisor”.
Metropolis are a degree behind Premier League leaders Liverpool and the groups meet at Anfield on Sunday (16:30 BST).
The one time Metropolis missed out on the title prior to now 4 years is when the Reds received it in 2019-20.
“Since I arrived right here – possibly not the primary 12 months – Liverpool have been all the time there,” stated Guardiola.
The Spaniard, who took over at Metropolis in the summertime of 2016, additionally confronted Klopp, who turned Reds boss in October 2015, when he was Bayern Munich supervisor and the German was in command of Borussia Dortmund.
Guardiola has misplaced eight video games in all competitions towards Klopp, which is greater than towards every other opposing supervisor.
“Jurgen Klopp’s groups helped me to be a greater supervisor,” stated Guardiola, whose aspect go into the sport towards Liverpool after a league win over Chelsea and Champions League group sport defeat by Paris St-Germain.
“He put me at one other stage, to consider it, to show myself, to be a greater supervisor. That’s the reason why I’m nonetheless on this enterprise.
“The final 4 years, on a regular basis, we have been each there. It is the largest praise that each golf equipment have been there.
“However within the Premier League there should not only one or two, there are lots of groups who can battle for the league.”
Liverpool have been crushed 4-1 at Anfield within the league in February when the 2 groups final met and Klopp is aware of his aspect should be at their greatest towards Metropolis.
“This can be a actually particular sport yearly. It’s a must to be your greatest model, and solely then, you will have an opportunity,” he stated.
“We’ve to play a correct soccer sport to have an opportunity but it surely’s Anfield. We’re actually trying ahead to it.
“They [City] are most likely the most effective staff in Europe in the mean time. Final weekend they performed Chelsea and everybody was speaking about how good they [Chelsea] are, which they’re, however Metropolis have been clearly higher that day.
“We’ve to win the sport and rating targets however we’ve to defend on the absolute highest stage to remain within the sport and ensure the targets we rating make the distinction.”