Manchester City vs Liverpool, for the Premier League: preview and TV, live

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Manchester City vs Liverpool, for the Premier League: preview and TV, live

Klopp and Guardiola, face to face again with the Premier title at stake. Photo: REUTERS/Martin Rickett.

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On the one hand, Pep Guardiola, who revolutionized the game wherever he went. Jürgen Klopp, on the other hand, is “the best coach in the world”, according to his Catalan rival. Both measured this Sunday in an exciting Manchester City-Liverpool, rivalry between leader and escort that, on date 32, could define the Premier League.

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Starting at 12:30 pm, broadcast on ESPN, Guardiola and Klopp will face off for the 23rd time in nine years, City has a point above the “Reds”with seven games left to play.

The first confrontation between the two coaches was on July 27, 2013 in the German Super Cup. It was Guardiola’s first competitive match against Bayern Munich, after taking a sabbatical.

Klopp’s Borussia Dortmund, who had only lost the Champions League last months before against a Bayern led by Jupp Heynckes, retaliated by winning 4-2 in that Super Cup.

But the following rivalry between Pep and Jürgen in Germany is different. Guardiola has won the Bundesliga twice and a Cup, beating Borussia by Klopp 2-0, who left the Ruhr side in 2015.

Arriving on the shores of the Mersey in October 2015, Klopp had a cautious first season at Liverpoolincluding the final Europa League defeat to Sevilla (3-1) and a disappointing eighth place in the league.

The following season, when he first met Guardiola in England, he achieved the first benchmark victory of his time at Anfield (1-0), against a City that is already proposing the most colorful game in the country.

Both teams qualify for the next Champions League, but lack champion Chelsea.

On September 9, 2017, Manchester City sent a strong message by crushing Liverpool 5-0. That launched the team towards the title, Guardiola’s first in the ‘Sky Blues’.

The arrival of Dutch central defender Virgil Van Dijk in the middle of the season marks a major turning point of the ‘Klopp era’. This defensive reinforcement allowed the ‘Reds’ to eliminate City in the quarterfinals of the Champions League (3-0, 2-1) and reach the final, where they were defeated 3-1 by Real Madrid.

Guardiola and Klopp have starred in the most exciting title races in recent years in the major leagues in Europe. A draw and a victory in their direct rivalries allowed the Spaniard to win that particular pulse along with the German. Since March, City are in first place and finish on the 38th and final day of the game one point ahead.

The cumulative goal difference of both teams reached +139, showing their tremendous efficiency over the others.

Liverpool won the Champions League, beating Tottenham in the final in Madrid.

The ‘Reds’ continue to shine next season and win their first England championship title in three decades.

They had to celebrate it in front of some stand with no audience, in the English summer, after three months of cessation of competitions due to the emergence of the coronavirus pandemic.

Manchester City finished 19 points behind, which began to stop on November 10, 2019 with a 3-1 defeat at Anfield.

Jürgen Klopp paid for his squad’s lack of depth that year, with a series of injuries, most notably that of Van Dijk. Waves of covid-19 infections remained.

The City of Guardiola is a broad champion, albeit with a lower accounting balance than in 2018 and 2019.

The stigma of Manchester City’s season was the 1-0 defeat to Chelsea in the Champions League finals.

This Sunday, another story will be written …

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