Man City remain ‘best team in Europe’ for Klopp

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Manchester City remain the benchmark for Liverpool to catch, according to manager Jurgen Klopp as the two dominant forces in English football in recent years prepare to fight at Anfield on Sunday.

City have won the Premier League title in three of the past four seasons, with Liverpool’s first top title in 30 years in 2019/20 interrupting a sharp sweep.

Chelsea and Manchester United have been touted as title contenders this season after spending a lot in the transfer market.

But Klopp believes City remain the team to beat as they showed in a 1-0 win at Chelsea last weekend, which was more convincing than the score suggests.

“They are still really, for me, probably the best team in Europe right now and it’s difficult,” Klopp said on Friday.

“Last weekend they played at Chelsea and everyone was talking about Chelsea, how good they are – and they are good, oh my god they are really good – but City were clear, clear better that day -the.”

City boss Pep Guardiola said on Friday his personal duels with Klopp made him a better manager.

In 21 games between the two, the two have won nine with three draws.

Liverpool start the weekend one point ahead of City, Chelsea and United at the top of the table.

But Klopp knows his team will have to do their best to stay there on Sunday night.

“It’s a really special game of the season, every year – always the same. It has to be very intense because if it’s not very intense I would say City are really difficult to face,” he said. added.

“You have to be brave, you have to be in the foreground, you have to be cheeky at times, you really have to be your best version and then, but only then, do you have a chance.”

Trent Alexander-Arnold and Thiago Alcantara will both be sidelined for the Reds with injury, but Klopp is hoping both will be fit to return after the international break.

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