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Manchester City vs Liverpool: Jurgen Klopp, Pep Guardiola clash over rest time ahead of Anfield game

City had a game at Everton postponed on December 28 as part of a coronavirus outbreak that forced six players and staff members into isolation.

Published: 06th February 2021 12:58 AM  |   Last Updated: 06th February 2021 12:58 AM   |  A+A-

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola (L) andLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola (L) andLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp. (Photo| AP)

By Associated Press

MANCHESTER: Jürgen Klopp might be getting his excuses in early. Losing to Manchester City on Sunday would leave Liverpool 10 points behind Pep Guardiola's side. After ending Liverpool's three-decade title drought, Klopp could be surrendering the Premier League trophy within a year.

For the Liverpool manager, the fault will - in part - be the grueling fixture schedule. "We didn't have a break. I think City had a two-week break for COVID reasons," Klopp said on Friday. "Not so. He made a mistake," the City manager said in a news conference shortly after Klopp spoke in Liverpool.

City had a game at Everton postponed on December 28 as part of a coronavirus outbreak that forced six players and staff members into isolation. As a result of the cancellation, City had a gap of eight days between their game against Newcastle on December 26 and the trip to Chelsea on January 3.

"Jürgen has to see the calendar again. We had COVID. We have one week and we played with 14 players at Stamford Bridge," Guardiola said. Those matches came early in the current nine-game winning streak in the Premier League that has taken City from midtable to three points clear of Manchester United at the top with a game in hand.

Liverpool has experienced a downturn in fortunes in that time, slipping from first to fourth place, seven points behind City having played a game more, Guardiola points out the only days off City had as a result were the day of the intended game at Goodison Park and the planned recovery day afterward. "I'm not irritated. I didn't expect it, not from him. He knows it's not true, come on! Nobody in the Premier League has had two weeks off. Everyone knows it," Guardiola said of Klopp.



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