Published: Tue, October 09, 2018
Sport | By Matt Richards

Pep Guardiola is the world’s best manager, says Jurgen Klopp

Pep Guardiola is the world’s best manager, says Jurgen Klopp

Liverpool have made a great start to their league campaign without the inclusion of Fabinho, and Klopp is satisfied with his team's position, level on points with City and Chelsea, as they head into the global break. Mahrez had to put on a courageous face after squandering a glorious opportunity to end that drought by blazing well over the bar. Eighty-five minutes, you obviously get a bit tired and that moment goes by in a split second and I made a decision to dive in, which is not what I would normally do.

The City boss has since apologised to the Brazilian striker after telling winger Riyad Mahrez to take the 86th minute spot-kick, which he then fired over the bar. It's part of football - sometimes you score, sometimes you miss.

Mourinho has strangled the life out of games at Anfield a few times and been condemned for it, but Guardiola now appears to have taken a leaf out of the United manager's book by accepting that tactics need to be altered for games like these. The reigning champions had already been denied two penalties when Virgil van Dijk summoned his inner Dejan Lovren and foolishly slid in on Leroy Sane in the final minutes.

Jesus accepted Guardiola's apology but could not hide his frustration with the situation.

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"There's obviously a lot of room for improvement", Alexander-Arnold told the Independent.

"I would like to have taken it, I was confident, so I was not happy that they did not allow me", Jesus said. Pep spoke with me. That's why I say, going away is not a big problem, but now you call a manager of any country and ask him to leave out one or two players and he says: 'I am under pressure as well, ' because now it's Nations Cup.

'However, it was important that we didn't lose.

Liverpool have faced Spurs, Chelsea and City in three of their past four league games, winning one and drawing two.

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Arsenal, meanwhile, won their ninth consecutive game in all competitions on Sunday, thrashing Fulham 5-1 at Craven Cottage.

On this occasion he modified his tactics to nullify Liverpool's threat and Mahrez felt that approach served the team well.

Reflecting on the stalemate, Robertson added: "We started well. It was really intense and both showed respect for the other team", he said. "Against a very good team we managed to do that". I saw Chelsea at West Ham a couple of weeks ago and I thought they played well in the game but West Ham could've taken it on the counter-attack.

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