One of the biggest rivalry in coaching career will be renewed again this weekend, which happens to be the last day of the 2016 as Pep Guardiola leads Manchester City to meet with his former foe-friend Jurgen Klopp at Anfield.
Their meeting on Sunday 31st December, 2016 will be the 9th time both managers will be clashing after meeting 8 times in Germany.
The former Barcelona manager won 4 times while the former Dortmund manager won 3 times with one draw standing in between both managers.
Interestingly, Pep Guardiola did not lose to Jurgen Klopp in any of their league matches in the Bundesliga, but Klopp was good when it comes to the Cup matches, as he used that opportunity to make up for the matches he was unable to get in the Bundesliga.
But Sunday’s meeting will be a league match, and that will really put Klopp under pressure to win and at least give him an edge.
Beyond the two managers who may pursue personal records, one glaring fact about their meeting on Sunday is that a win is vital to both clubs to determine who will be in the second position ahead of the new year.
Manchester City have not gotten a win at Anfield in their last three meetings there and this makes the situation more difficult for Pep who will be hoping that his side will do the magic.
Pep Guardiola’s side will be under pressure to win, knowing well that only a win will take them to the second position, while a draw will favour Liverpool.
Both managers are good in attack, while Pep may employ his 3-4-3 formation to get a win, Klopp will be looking at employing his 4-2-3-1 formation, but the one who attacks better and utilizes opportunity is likely to win, as counter-attacks may not really be too feasible this weekend.