Today the big Premier League match will be held between Pep Guardiola's Manchester City and Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool. The Citizens play at home and lead the standings with a point ahead of the team led by the German coach, the Reds are in clear growth and have recovered points in recent weeks.
There is everything for a world-class big match, many champions and a challenge seen all over the world. In the pre-match press conference, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp compared the rivalry between these two clubs to that between two legends of the world of tennis, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.
The two gave birth to the well-known Fedal and millions of fans have enjoyed this rivalry for several years. Specifically, Klopp said: "The continuity these two teams have had in recent years is crazy. I don't feel like saying I'm grateful to City for how high they've kept the standard, but they certainly haven't hurt our growth as a team and football philosophy.
When playing at these levels, you focus on your games. But in sports, I think, what helps you to improve the most is a strong opponent. Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, for example, enjoyed their rivalry. I'm happy with City's strength: it doesn't penalize Liverpool, far from it."
Guardiola's answer on the comparison with tennis
Pep Guardiola has won everything that could be won as a Barcelona manager and now at City he has the aim of repeating himself. At the press conference, the Catalan coach wanted to respond to Klopp: according to the coach there is still time before reaching a rivalry like the one obtained by the Big Three (Guardiola also mentions Novak Djokovic).
The coach revealed: "Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have dominated tennis for about twenty years, but we have been at this level with Liverpool for only five years. It's a little different. It's true that in football situations are very different and, compared to other sports, it is difficult to win and keep dominating for so long. Anyway I will remember, when I retire, the rivalry with Liverpool."