Jurgen Klopp. Picture: Terry Kearney/Flickr

Jurgen Klopp. Picture: Terry Kearney/Flickr

The Most Memorable Klopp and Pep Moments

With a possible title decider approaching between Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City and Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool this Monday, we take a look at the best moments between Man City and Liverpool over the last eight years

As it feels like every season, Liverpool and Man City face off at Anfield on Monday morning, first and second respectively with what may be Jurgen Klopp’s final dance with the well-oiled machine that is the Pep Guardiola’s Citizens.

With the Jurgen Klopp era coming to an end at Liverpool, we take a look back at a few of the moments that made this rivalry which paved the way for Liverpool and Manchester City’s constant success, transcending the Premier League through the grudge matches and title tussles that came.

Mane Madness

One of Jurgen’s harsher losses at Liverpool came from a time before they dominated the top. Slowly rebuilding a juggernaut, they came to Manchester in 2017/18 to face a City squad that later on had a record-breaking season.

With Sergio Aguero opening the scoring for City in the 24th minute, a close contest was all but put to bed a short while later when Sadio Mane was dismissed by referee Jon Moss for an erratic boot in the face to Man City goalkeeper Ederson, who was stretchered off for backup Claudio Bravo.

City capitalised on the man advantage, with Gabriel Jesus and Leroy Sane each adding two goals to pound the misery on, beating Liverpool 5-0 at the Etihad early in a season they dominated.

The bad blood between Sadio Mane and Ederson came to a boil later that same season, with the Brazilian shoving Mane numerous times, in a Champions League second leg that Liverpool went onto win.

Invincible No More

With Guardiola’s City having an 18 point lead in 2018 at the top of the summit heading into this clash with Liverpool at Anfield, there wasn’t a whole lot riding on the result besides Klopp’s men delaying the inevitable. What followed was City’s worst 90 minutes of the season yet and sweet revenge for the 5-0 drubbing at the Etihad previously that season.

It all unravelled inside nine furious second half minutes, with brilliant goals from each of the front three (Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane, Mohammed Salah), making it four goals to one as quick as a flash.

City threatened a remarkable late comeback, with Silva and Gundogan scoring to decrease the deficit. Ultimately it was not enough as Liverpool ran out 4-3 winners, giving Pep and his team their first domestic loss in 33 games and their first Premier League loss that season.

“This was a historic game you will talk about in 20 years because it looks like City will not lose another one this year”, Jurgen Klopp later described. His comment was close to correct, with City only losing once more on their way to the first ‘Centurions’ season in the Premier League, clocking a total of 100 points.

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A Game of Inches

In 2018/19, this top of the table New Year’s clash between City and Liverpool on January 4, 2019 proved to ultimately decide the title in the end, with one huge moment forever going down in history.

Liverpool came into the Etihad six points adrift from Tottenham at second, with City closing in right behind them.

The huge moment came in the 18th minute, with defender John Stones smacking a wayward clearance into Ederson, before stretching to clear it off the line, centimetres away from a Liverpool opener.

City took the lead just before the half through a Sergio Aguero goal at the near post, with Roberto Firmino heading in from very close range in the second half. The decisive goal later came from German Leroy Sane, with a low shot sending the Etihad into raptures, securing a 2-1 win. The margin had been reduced and the fightback was on.

Ultimately this game was pivotal in one of the best title races of all time, with Manchester City stealing the crown on the last day with 98 points, whilst Liverpool finished on 97.

“Life is about millimetres”, Arsene Wenger once said and this rivalry has proven that it’s a worthy battle every single time, with another chapter to be added on Monday morning

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