Pep Guardiola on Liverpool’s ‘amazing’ Salah and ‘master’ Klopp

Manchester City manager Pep Gaurdiola has this evening taken time to praise Mohamed Salah and Jurgen Klopp, ahead of his side’s Champions League quarter-final first-leg meeting with Liverpool tomorrow night.

Matchup

The Merseysiders advanced to the final 8 of this season’s competition courtesy of a 5-0 aggregate drubbing of Portuguese giants Porto in the last-16, and were rewarded during last month’s draw with a tough tie versus fellow Premier League outfit Manchester City.

City, for their part, dispatched of Swiss outfit Basel in the Champions League’s last-16, with Pep Guardiola’s side viewed by many as the favourites to go all the way this season.

Head-to-head

Liverpool and City have already met on two occasions this season, the first of which saw the Citizens dismantle the Reds during a 5-0 demolition at the Etihad.

However, Liverpool showed their worth during the second meeting between the sides in January, fending off a late fightback to become the first team to defeat the Citizens in the Premier League all season.

Liverpool celebrate vs Man City

The Liverpool players celebrate during the Premier League match between Liverpool and Manchester City at Anfield on January 14, 2018 in Liverpool, England.

High praise

Speaking in a press conference this evening, Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola was questioned on the sensational start to life being enjoyed by Liverpool winger Mohamed Salah at Anfield, following his arrival from Serie A outfit AS Roma last summer.

Guardiola, though, while paying his due respect to Salah, was quick to praise ‘master’ Jurgen Klopp for his role in both the Egyptian’s signing, and blistering form for the Reds:

‘He did really well in Rome, he was amazing. Every game, he creates a lot of chances. This season he is enjoying the way Jurgen wants to play. Jurgen is a master of buying players to play the way he needs.’

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