Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola recently had a very bizarre post-match interview, and his Liverpool counterpart had a laugh at his colleague’s expense ahead of the Reds game against Plymouth Argyle
Liverpool are coming off a chastening draw against relegation battling Sunderland. They took the lead twice, first through Daniel Sturridge and then Sadio Mane, only to be thwarted by two successful penalty kicks from the evergreen Jermaine Defoe.
Premier League leaders Chelsea lost their game as well, so the damage wasn’t too bad for the Reds. They are currently five points behind the Blues in second place, but would probably be agonizing over the fact that they didn’t get all three points against the down and out Black Cats.
Manager Jurgen Klopp was asked about the result against Sunderland before Liverpool’s FA Cup game against Plymouth. But the German coach wasn’t too forthcoming, instead taking a cheeky dig at Pep Guardiola’s press conference after Manchester City defeated Burnley that day.
“It was strange for me. At the end [of the Sunderland game], we were all frustrated. You couldn’t expect best performance of the season,” said Klopp, according to the Daily Mirror.
“I was glad that Pep then had his press conference and nobody spoke about mine!”
The press conference Jurgen Klopp is referring to was a bizarre one that has been making headlines since the game. Manchester City triumphed 2-1 over Burnley in the end, but manager Pep Guardiola seemed very angry after the game.
The Catalan manager snapped at the journalist asking questions about the red card given to City’s Brazilian midfielder Fernandinho. He then went on a tetchy rant against the way football is played in England, claiming the team with more possession has more sending-offs.
The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager is not used to seeing his team outside of the top two, and the competitiveness of the Premier League seems to be getting to him a bit. He recently invited controversy once again by saying Manchester City needed ten years to catch up to local rivals Manchester United.