By Emma Sanders
Jurgen Klopp has suggested Pep Guardiola has been forced to change his preferred style of football slightly at Manchester City because the players are not as capable as the Barcelona squad.
The Liverpool manager was speaking ahead of Liverpool’s clash against Manchester City on New Year’s Eve when he stated “it is not possible” for every team to play in the same style as Barcelona.
Klopp had lots of praise for Guardiola, who he formed a rivalry with during his time at Borussia Dortmund when he went head-to-head with the Spaniard in the Bundesliga.
However, in what appeared a dig at City, the Liverpool boss he suggested Guardiola has had to “adapt” his style because of the players available to him, though he is still expecting a tough fixture.
“He [Guardiola] is very influential but the Barcelona style is not possible for each team to play. It depends a lot on the players you have,” said Klopp, as reported by Sky Sports.
“If a Sunday morning team tried to play like Barcelona it would be pretty difficult. You always adapt to your players and that is what he is doing and it is what we do.”
Liverpool currently sit just one point ahead of Manchester City in the league table and they are in second place, six points behind leaders Chelsea.
The Reds go into the clash on the back of an impressive victory against Stoke on Tuesday evening but they could face a bigger challenge at Anfield.
The last time Liverpool faced a team in the top four was way back in September when they defeated Chelsea 2-1 at Stamford Bridge so it will be a test of how far Liverpool have come in 2016-17.
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