'I'm from Catalonia and Klopp is from Germany' - Pep makes Liverpool admission after derby win


Pep Guardiola has admitted Liverpool remain Manchester City's 'toughest opponent' after comfortably beating Manchester United

It was another afternoon to forget for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's United team, who have now been defeated by their two closest rivals in back-to-back league matches at Old Trafford.

The dominant victories achieved by Liverpool and City were contrasting in style, with Jurgen Klopp's side playing at full throttle in the first half to lead by four goals on their way to a 5-0 victory while the Sky Blues adopted a more measured approach in their 2-0 triumph.

Guardiola had predicted his side can not do what Liverpool did at Old Trafford when speaking ahead of the fixture , but their performance was equally as emphatic as the Reds' ruthless display of a fortnight ago.

Comparing the differing approaches of Liverpool and City after the derby win , Guardiola said: "I know my admiration for Liverpool and the work of Jurgen. It's the toughest opponent. Still they're there after six or seven years.

"The first seasons they struggled a little bit to put the team there, but they settled the team and bought the right players that they needed.

"Liverpool is there, but we play a different way because I am from Catalonia and he [Klopp] is from Germany. Maybe our mentality as coaches is a different concept.

"Both Liverpool and City were in control of the Premier League in the last years. It doesn't matter where we are, it doesn't matter where we play, we go there to do our game. After the quality, the players do the rest.

"Liverpool play a false nine with [Roberto] Firmino and we play that with Bernardo [Silva]. The difference is that the wingers they [Liverpool] have play more central and our wingers play wide. Nobody can deny that both teams, it doesn't matter if in England or in Europe, go there and try to do the game.

"Today we came to Old Trafford, to our rivals of the city, and we said 'okay, we will come here and do our game'. This game is quite similar to how we have played in previous seasons: we control and wait for the action."

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