On Sunday, April 10, Manchester City and Liverpool will face each other for the last time in the Premier League this season. The league game which will kick off at 16:30 will take place at the Etihad Stadium.
The Premier League game is expected to be the league decider because it is a game between the first and second-placed teams in the league.
As it stands, Manchester City are sitting on the first spot with 73 points in 30 games, a point ahead of second-placed Liverpool with 72 points in 30 games.
This means that any team that wins the Premier League fixture would have a better chance of winning the Premier League title this season.
As coach Pep Guardiola is striving to win the 2021-2022 Premier League title, he is striving to win his first UEFA Champions League title for Manchester City.
Last season, he pushed the Premier League side to the final of the UEFA Champions League but lost the title to Chelsea.
Currently, Pep Guardiola is on the verge of qualifying for the semi-final stage of the UEFA Champions League campaign. Recall that Manchester City beat Atletico Madrid 1-0 in the first leg of the quarter-final stage of the tournament at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday. The Premier League club will travel to Madrid for the second leg of the tie on Wednesday.
Ahead of the Premier League game between Manchester City and Liverpool, the coach of Liverpool, Jurgen Klopp admitted that Pep Guardiola is the best coach in the world even though he is yet to win the UEFA Champions League title with Manchester City.
Guardiola has won the UEFA Champions League twice when he was the manager at FC Barcelona (2008-2009 and 2010-2011 seasons). But he failed to win the title at Bayern Munich and is yet to win the title at Manchester City for over five seasons.
Coach Jurgen Klopp said: “Pep is the best coach in the world. I think we would all agree on that and it might be a coincidence that it didn’t work out in the Champions League so far. If anybody doubts him, I have no idea how that could happen.”
Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola’s head-to-head
Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp have faced each other 22 times in all competitions from when Klopp was the coach of Borussia Dortmund and Guardiola was the coach of Bayern Munich.
In the 22 games that the two coaches have faced each other, Pep Guardiola has won 9 times, while Jurgen Klopp has beaten Guardiola 9 times in all competitions. Four of their meetings ended in draws.
Liverpool and Manchester City clash on Sunday is Klopp and Guardiola’s 23rd meeting and might prove who is superior between the two coaches.
Ahead of the Premier League game which could determine the winner of the league title this season, Klopp said: “…Our history of matches have shown them to be an interesting watch as both teams really go for it. Both teams want to use momentum, and gaps and create momentum. We both look for gaps so I expect an interesting game. …
“I can’t decide what people think but we can just go through the possible results. If we win, we’re two points up. If we lose, we’re four points behind. If anyone thinks, ‘that’s it’ I cannot change it. I’m sure City won’t be thinking this way. If it’s a draw, we’re one point behind. I’m really looking forward to the challenge.”