Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says no team can rival Manchester City ahead of Super Sunday clash | Football news
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp believes no one can compete with Manchester City this season due to the financial strength the Premier League champions have in their hands.
Klopp’s Red Devils have faced Pep Guardiola’s side at the top of the Premier League table for the past four seasons but City enter this weekend’s Super Sunday clash at Anfield 13 points ahead of the Merseyside club, The team got off to a bad start in the campaign.
Behind City’s success is the impactful introduction of striker Erling Haaland, who has 15 Premier League goals in his first nine top-flight games since his 51.1-dollar move from Borussia Dortmund million pounds – and Klopp insists Liverpool cannot afford to act like champions. financial spending.
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“Nobody can compete with Man City,” the Liverpool manager said in his pre-match press conference. “You have the best team in the world and you have the best striker on the market. No matter what it costs, you do it.
“Man City won’t like it, nobody likes it, but you know the answer. What do Liverpool do? We can’t act like them. Can’t, can’t.”
Klopp even went so far as to claim that there are teams in the world that can “do what they want financially” – with Premier League club Newcastle in that group with Man City.
“It’s clear: there are three clubs in world football that can do what they want financially,” the German added. “It’s legal, everything is fine, but they can do whatever they want. Compete with them? Can’t solve that.
“I hear Newcastle [sporting director Dan Ashworth] saying that there is no ceiling for this club – he is absolutely right. There is no cap for Newcastle. Congratulations – some clubs have ceilings. “
Pep: Why should I skip Liverpool? They are rivals
In his pre-match press conference, City manager Guardiola refused to knock Liverpool out as title contenders this season, with the Spaniard insisting Klopp has plenty of time to turn around. situation in their favor.
Man City head into the Super Sunday clash at Anfield, one point behind Premier League leaders Arsenal, but Guardiola believes every team in the ‘Big Six’ can still challenge the champions for the title during the tenure. this – especially when the World Cup is on hiatus in November and December.
“The main opponent, there are a few teams,” said Guardiola. “Arsenal were there. For a long time they were not there, they were patient with Mikel (Arteta), they changed clubs and they are a contender. Tottenham will be there, Chelsea and Liverpool will be there.”
“Even Liverpool, I always see them as rivals. Maybe [if this was] two more months, it will be too late. But that’s part of the season.
“The Premier League is always attractive, there is always a challenge to be champions. Liverpool and we were focused on being champions but why should I ignore him now that we are in October? Everyone [trying to be] Champions.
“The fact that Man City came to be here and wanted to stay here against Liverpool, [Manchester] United and the rest of the teams. “
Klopp: Haaland sets new standards
Regarding Hotshot Haaland, Klopp claims Liverpool need to cut off Haaland’s supply lines to limit his influence – but the German boss admits that will only fix one of the problems. The problem that Man City can pose.
“When you’re playing against the best striker in the world at the moment, you have to make sure he doesn’t get a lot of the ball. That’s the challenge for him. That’s what we’re going to try,” Klopp said. .
“Against Man City, if you close Haaland with too many players, you open up space for other world-class players. It won’t make life easier but that’s a problem. football and we try to find a solution.
“Physically, he [Haaland] set new standards. His combination is really physical, technical and cognitively sensitive. His orientation on the pitch, he’s barely offside and reads that really well.
“A lot of good things make him a striker. Some of the best players around him in the world at scoring goals and finding passes. De Bruyne, Gundogan, Foden, Mahrez. It’s a fit. Perfect fit, no doubt about that.”
Meanwhile, Guardiola rejected suggestions that Haaland could struggle in a big environment and the atmosphere Anfield could create.
Man City’s record goalscorer Sergio Aguero has never scored in 11 trips in his career to Anfield but Guardiola doesn’t feel Haaland, who has “surprised” the Spaniard with his mentality his, is likely to suffer a similar drought in Merseyside.
“I don’t know – it must be a question for Sergio,” the City boss said. “Eleven versus eleven, the pitch is the same. It’s because the opponent is difficult, not because of the stadium. I’ve never played at Anfield so I don’t have that feeling yet. But it shouldn’t be. [the same for Haaland].
“The Biggest Challenge [for Haaland] are adapting as quickly as possible. Know your teammates, know how we play and the way of life in England. This is the most important thing. Then you have to show your best possible.
“When a player comes I always expect the best. So far the numbers are unbelievable and he still plays regularly. He can improve and many bad moments are coming. Right now, let’s continue this.”
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