Guardiola and Klopp’s thrilling Premier League title showdowns

By Sameer Naik8 March 2024

Guardiola and Klopp’s thrilling Premier League title showdowns

As Pep Guardiola and Jürgen Klopp gear up for their final showdown in the Premier League this Sunday, the anticipation is at an all-time high.

Showmax is set to take fans on a thrilling journey down memory lane, revisiting the most unforgettable clashes between these two legendary managers. With an impressive 29 encounters under their belts, Klopp holds a slight edge over Guardiola, having secured 12 wins compared to Guardiola’s 11 victories, with six draws between them.

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MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 25: Mohamed Salah of Liverpool is watched by Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp and Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Liverpool FC at Etihad Stadium on November 25, 2023 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Visionhaus/Getty Images)

The upcoming match at Anfield promises to be a nail-biter, with both teams vying for the coveted top spot. If Liverpool emerges victorious, they will widen the gap to four points, solidifying their lead as they approach the crucial stages of the season. On the other hand, a City triumph would see them leapfrog Liverpool to claim the top position, shaking up the standings that the Reds have dominated for so long.

Don’t miss a moment of the action as Showmax Premier League brings you live coverage of this epic clash, making history as the first standalone Premier League mobile streaming service in Africa.

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This week we go down memory lane and revisit some of the most thrilling clashes between Guardiola and Klopp in the Premier League.

Liverpool 4-3 Manchester City: January 2018

Liverpool’s 4-3 win over Manchester City in January 2018 marked a turning point in the title race, showcasing Liverpool’s emergence as a formidable team under Klopp.

Despite City’s dominance in the league, Liverpool’s victory highlighted their quality with goals from Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane, and Mohamed Salah.

The game ended with late goals from City, but Liverpool held on, signaling their intentions for future success. Liverpool went on to reach the Champions League final that season, while City secured the Premier League title with a record-breaking 100 points.

Manchester City 2-1 Liverpool: January 2019

In a crucial match with City trailing Liverpool by seven points in the league, Manchester City secured a vital win against Liverpool with a late goal from Sane. Despite an early scare and a goal from Firmino, City’s determination paid off as they closed the gap in the league race. City eventually went on to win the league on the final day of the season, while Liverpool claimed the Champions League title.

Liverpool 2-2 Manchester City: October 2021

The October clash between Manchester City and Liverpool at Anfield showcased top-quality football, with standout moments including Phil Foden’s impressive finish, Mo Salah’s spellbinding goal of the season, and Bernardo Silva’s skillful run. All four goals were scored within a span of 22 minutes in the second half, following a tense first half with missed opportunities. James Milner’s rough play could have had him sent off a few times, but he escaped punishment. Despite the intense match, Manchester City emerged as the happier side after coming from behind twice.

Man City 1 Liverpool 1: 19 March 2017

In a high-stakes battle between Manchester City and Liverpool, the teams fought to a thrilling 1-1 draw. James Milner put Liverpool ahead with a penalty, only for Sergio Aguero to equalise for City. The match was full of missed opportunities, with Aguero and De Bruyne coming close for City, and Lallana missing a golden chance for Liverpool. Both teams felt aggrieved by refereeing decisions in a fast-paced and intense encounter.

Liverpool 3 Man City 1: 10 November 2019

After their near miss the previous year, 2019-20 saw Liverpool finally reclaim the title after a 30-year wait. The Anfield side started the season strong and hardly looked back. Their home victory over City was a real statement of intent and put them eight points clear after just eight games. Fabinho’s early goal and Salah’s swift counter-attack strike put Liverpool in control, with Mane sealing the win. Despite City’s efforts, including a goal from Bernardo Silva, Liverpool’s defence held firm. The victory showcased Liverpool’s strength and determination in their pursuit of the title.

Man City 5-0 Liverpool: 9 September 2017

In a one-sided encounter, Manchester City dominated Liverpool in their first meeting of the new season. Kevin De Bruyne shone for City, while Liverpool struggled to contain him. Sadio Mane’s early red card further hindered Liverpool’s chances, leading to a collapse in their defence. City capitalised on their advantage, with goals from Agüero, Gabriel Jesus, and Leroy Sané. This defeat highlighted Liverpool’s need for defensive reinforcement, particularly Virgil van Dijk. Despite missing out on signing him in the summer, Liverpool secured Van Dijk’s transfer in January to bolster their defence.

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