Jurgen Klopp describes Liverpool’s 2-2 draw with Manchester City as a “boxing fight”… Pep Guardiola says it was Klopp’s type of game

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The manager of Liverpool, Jurgen Klopp, described his team’s 2-2 draw with Manchester City as a boxing fight, adding that he liked a lot of things about the game.

On Sunday, April 10, 2022, Liverpool and Manchester City faced each other in a Premier League game that was expected to decide the winner of this season league campaign.

During the game, Kevin De Bruyne scored the opener in the 5th minute and Liverpool responded almost immediately with Diogo Jota’s 13th-minute goal.

In the 37th minute, Gabriel Jesus restored Manchester City’s lead. Liverpool got the equalizer in the 46th minute. After that, both sides could not score again.

The 2-2 draw left Manchester City on the first spot with 74 points in 31 games, while Liverpool remained on the second spot with 73 points in 31 games, a point below City.

This means that in the 23 meetings between coach Pep Guardiola and coach Jurgen Klopp, the two coaches have recorded 9 victories over each other, and enjoyed five draws.

After Sunday’s 2-2 draw, coach Jurgen Klopp said: “It was like a boxing fight. You have your arms down for a second and get a massive knock and you shake a little.

“I liked a lot of things. I thought we were closer than ever. The second-half start was much better. City tried obvious things like balls in behind. It makes sense when you have these smart runs. In moments when we tried to breathe a little bit, another one comes. It was a great game and the result, we have to live with and can live with.

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“We could do better but in a lot of moments, we did well. The intensity of the game is crazy. It was good fun, I liked it…

“We showed [our] goal because it was a really good football situation which if we did more we would have chances. I was convinced we could win this game. They were much more direct than us today. They had a more direct idea than us and we wanted to let them run when in possession.

“Defensively we were sometimes in a rush, they put us under pressure and we can defend these situations better. The second half was intense, they needed breaks as well, but their counter-attacks are not bad. Their decision-making is really good and they always pick the right player.

“I think it is a completely fine and deserved draw. We wanted to make sure they see my boys are exceptional as well.

“Seven games to go for both teams and we will not stop chasing now that’s for sure. Let’s make sure we are ready for Benfica, for this team at Wembley [in the FA Cup semi-final], and then we will see who will have the better finish.”

Pep Guardiola says Jurgen Klopp likes how the game was played

Coach Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola.
Coach Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola.

The Manchester City vs Liverpool Premier League game kept the fans of the two teams on the edge of their seats throughout the game.

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The first half was so dramatic that when Manchester City scored, Liverpool responded within 15 or fewer minutes in the game.

At the end of the thrilling encounter, Manchester City recorded 11 shots, five of which were on target. The reigning Premier League champions enjoyed 56 percent of the ball possession with 566 passes.

On the other hand, Liverpool managed to record 6 shots, four of which were on target. They enjoyed 44 percent of the ball possession, with 468 passes.

At the end of the game, Pep Guardiola described the game as an incredible advertisement for the Premier League, noting that both Liverpool and Manchester City wanted to win.

“He [Klopp] likes these punching games”, Pep Guardiola said. “It was a fantastic advert for the Premier League. Both teams wanted to win. I had the feeling we left them alive but Liverpool are a joy to watch, I know how good and difficult they are.

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“We performed really, really well. I’m so proud of the team. Now we have seven games left and we have to win all of them or it will be over.

“I said before the game it doesn’t matter if we win or lose. Of course, it was a massive game but we know what we have to do. Seven games is a lot of games, tough games away – so do they.

“I don’t know what is going to happen if we win the Premier League but to be there for the fifth season – and I want to win the Premier League – is so good that is doesn’t matter [if we lose the title].”

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