Jurgen Klopp has talked about the last time he met Pep Guardiola and City thrashed Liverpool by 5 goals.
“If you are not 100 per cent focused on the game against City you will lose big,” he said. “I’m not sure I needed that game as proof but that was 100 per cent the case
“It was the first time we had won the league in England so I had no idea how to prepare the game.
“I didn’t want to overdo it – ‘Boys, forget what happened three days ago. Now it’s City and we can show the whole world’, blah, blah, blah.
“I didn’t do it. I’m not sure of that was right or wrong. I know my boys wanted to win that game but we were not as focused as we usually are in these games
“That explains a little bit. Still, we played some good football that night, but we did not score and they scored four times. It was not the most heavy defeat in my life.”
“Yeah, we should meet much more often,” Klopp chuckled when it was suggested Guardiola brings out the best in him, dating back to their respective Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich tenures.
“I’m happy that we don’t meet that often, to be honest, because of the quality he and his teams have.
“I’m not aware of any records. I know that we met from time to time and I know we didn’t lose all of them. But I know all the games were incredibly difficult. Incredibly difficult
“They are very intense. That’s the only thing I’m concerned about, not how we played in the game in the summer or the game before that. [I’m concerned that] we are ready to compete in the game.
“For that you need close-to-perfect organisation, you need to be really brave, play your own football, cause them problems as well.”
Klopp added: “It sounds so easy and it’s not rocket science but it’s still really difficult because it’s under massive pressure and they cause you pressure. We can do that as well.
“It’s an interesting game, always. Hopefully it will be interesting as well on Sunday because that means we will be good and that will be the first step in the right direction.”