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How Klopp’s Liverpool and Guardiola’s Manchester City play football – The Athletic

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Manchester City versus Liverpool.

Pep Guardiola versus Jurgen Klopp. A 4-3-3 against… well, a 4-3-3.

No matter which angle you look at it, City and Liverpool barely gave each other an inch as they set record limits in the modern era of the Premier League.

“They were our biggest rivals in recent seasons,” Guardiola revealed. “They are still there. They are a pain in the ass. They are a fantastic team in Europe.

“We (have) pushed each other to insane levels in recent years,” Klopp said in response. “I don’t think City would get the number of points they would get this year if we weren’t there, and the reverse is pretty much the same.”

The numbers certainly back up Klopp’s claim. Only one point separates the two teams in terms of Premier League points accumulated since the start of the 2018-19 season. After 143 games apiece, City lead them 338-337.

There are clear similarities between the elite level on which City and Liverpool operate as they compete for domestic and European silverware, but the two are ultimately very different in their style and approach.

How do they settle?

To understand City and Liverpool’s team dynamics, we can take a closer look at their passing networks this season – looking in particular at their typical approach compared to what happened when they last met, at Anfield. in October.