The two teams understand the importance of their meeting on Sunday, after both sides struggled last weekend to get a win in their premier league matches.
No doubt, both teams need an outright win when they play each other on Sunday. They know that victory could put a stamp of superiority and confidence in either side, while a draw may not.
Jurgen Klopp is yet to lose to Pep at Anfield, his side narrowly got a draw last season when Man City rued their late chance of getting a victory through penalty.
Klopp whose side is six points ahead of Man City will welcome an opportunity to go nine points ahead, but only a victory can guarantee that.
Liverpool have failed to win the Premier League in the last 30 years. The best result they got from the Premier league during the period in review was last season. They hit 97 points and yet failed to win the league. Interestingly, it was Manchester City who snatched the title from them with 98 points.
Man City boss Pep Guardiola whose side are defending champions are trailing Liverpool with six points. But the Spaniard understands that anything less than a victory at Anfield on Sunday is not healthy for his sides hope of winning the title for a record third time.
Moreover, breaking the Anfield jinx is also important to Pep. He has to prove that he has got what it takes to beat his friend at Anfield, and give him a hot chase.
The head-to-head meeting between Pep and Klopp is 7-6. Pep is currently leading and understands that extending the lead by two will help strengthen the confidence his side needs when Liverpool’s side come visiting Etihad for the second leg in 2020.
Who will bow at Anfield when these two teams clash on Sunday? The stage is set for an English El Classico where two great managers will renew their rivalry.
Klopp will have so much to prove having failed to win the Bundesliga title during Pep’s three-year sojourn at the German Bundesliga before coming to England.