Not many managers get the better of Pep Guardiola.
Before yesterday the only man to have beaten him this season was Shakhtar Donetsk’s Paulo Fonseca, who beat him in Ukraine in the Champions League after Man City had already qualified.
However, Jurgen Klopp rewrote the rule book yesterday by taking the game to City and racking up a 4-1 lead with five spellbinding minutes at Anfield before City got a couple back to make it 4-3.
They said it couldn’t be done, they said City were too good, they said Kevin De Bruyne will punish you on the counter.
But Jose Mourinho will have to quieten down now.
Liverpool’s victory over the best team in England, means that Klopp is now the only manager to have played Pep Guardiola 10 times or more and come out of it winning the head-to-head charts.
Seven star bosses have faced Guardiola but only Klopp can claim to actually have the bragging rights over the former Barcelona man.
Klopp is also the only man to have beaten the Spaniard six times.
And he has always managed it from an underdog position.
Back in the Bundesliga days, Klopp beat Guardiola’s Bayern Munich four times.
Since the pair moved to England they have met four times with Klopp running out victorious twice, one draw and City winning once – although Pep’s win was a 5-1 hammering at the Etihad.
Jose Mourinho’s record does not make pretty reading having lost 10, drawn six and won just four of their 20 meetings.
Arsene Wenger has a respectable tally against Pep, with three wins, three draws and six losses of 12 clashes.
However, Unai Emery and Joaquin Caparros have never managed to beat the innovative Spaniard after a combined 23 games.
To be fair, Pep normally has the best teams in the world with the biggest budgets and while his two compatriots were generally managing teams from lower down the division.
Klopp spends his fair share of cash but he crafts teams in such a way that they are built as the perfect counter to Guardiola’s possession-based approach.
Heavy metal football at its best.
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