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Guardiola: Liverpool the toughest side I’ve ever faced

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Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola has said Liverpool’s team over the past two seasons has been the toughest opponent he has ever faced.

Pep Guardiola has named Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool side as the toughest opponents he has faced in his managerial career.

Having managed a top club in three of Europe’s top five leagues, the City boss definitely knows a thing or two about some of the best sides all over the globe.

Guardiola is widely hailed as a tactician and someone with a plan to always break down the even the most difficult of sides.

His genius has seen him lead Manchester City to relative success since he joined but he was knocked off his perch this season.

Liverpool won the Premier League title for the first time since 1990 in style. They finished 18 points clear of Guardiola and City.

Looking back at his coaching career, the ex-Barcelona boss admits this Liverpool lineup is the toughest side he has played against.

“Yes, by a big margin, the toughest rival I have faced in my career was the Liverpool team of last year and this season,” Guardiola told DAZN Spain.

“It dominates all the records. If you allow them to dominate you, they will cage you in the area and you don’t come out. When you dominate them, they run finding spaces like no one else does.

“They are very fast at going back. They are very strong in terms of strategy. Their players are mentally very strong. It’s the rival that I’ve had to think more about how to beat them.

“If you ask me which team I’ve had more difficulty to decipher and deal with, that’s Liverpool. Guardiola added.

“The first few years when I arrive to England, Liverpool was a little smaller than it is now and Real Madrid was much stronger. Now, this Liverpool is the toughest that I’ve encountered in my career as coach.”