Guardiola credits Liverpool for making him a ‘better manager’

Pep Guardiola says that Liverpool “helped me to be a better manager” ahead of Manchester City’s clash with them at Anfield on Sunday.

In his five years at City, Guardiola has had a number of run-ins with the Reds as both teams battle for major honours domestically.

And this season looks no different with Liverpool just one point ahead of City going into the match over the weekend.

“Jurgen Klopp’s teams helped me to be a better manager,” said Guardiola. “He put me another level, to think about it, to prove myself, to be a better manager. That is the reason why I am still in this business.

“Since I arrived here – maybe not the first year – Liverpool were always there.

“The last four years, all the time, we were both there. It’s the biggest compliment that both clubs were there.

“But in the Premier League there are not just one or two, there are many teams who can fight for the league.”

Man City lost 2-0 to Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League in midweek but Guardiola claims he is “happier than ever” with how his side are performing.

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Guardiola told reporters: “The way we played last two games, makes me so satisfied what we have done.

“Of course I’m incredibly happy when we won the Premier League but this kind of period, when Kevin De Bruyne training just two weeks, and Phil Foden just two weeks, important players injured, we come back so late.

“After how we overcome some situations in that period the level of consistency and way we played is so good. That’s why I’m happier than ever because I know how difficult. It’s not compare to the past, in the past we have done unbelievable.

“Always will remain in our hearts. You have to try and do it again and know exactly where it comes from. Like we have done last season, almost impossible to do it better. Still we have many details but still we are there after six years together.

“That’s why I’m so proud to my players, always I say to them, I cannot words to express my gratitude the way we played these two games.”

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