Liverpool will go on the pitch for the first time as champions of England as they take guard of honor from Manchester City players.
Pep Guardiola is a modern great. Only Jose Mourinho comes close to his trophy haul. He has won everything that has stood in front of him and did it on his own terms.
But not this season. In Jurgen Klopp, he has his biggest adversary. Jose Mourinho has been left in the dust. The Portuguese is irrelevant in the grand scheme of things. Klopp is the main man.
And Klopp’s achievements surpass what Guardiola has accumulated under his belt. The German manager gave Borussia Dortmund two Bundesliga trophies. This was managed when Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben plied their trade at the Allianz Arena.
Winning the league with BVB was a stiff task but his overhaul at Anfield is greater. Liverpool were a struggling side, someone who never threatened the usual title contenders. Even Tottenham had transformed themselves but not the Reds.
And now they are Premier League champions. It took five years but the transformation is complete. Money has been spent, players have been tapped, words reneged but the thirty-year wait has come to a pass.
A team that was 22 points behind them is now 23 points ahead of them. Guardiola has either let his guard down or Jurgen is really that much better than him.
The two lock horns for bragging rights. The title has been decided and Manchester City are comfortably placed in second place. Guardiola needs a win to prove his mettle. Pep Guardiola and Manchester City need to win to emphasize their relevance.
Liverpool’s visit is not the end of this situation. Guardiola is at the Etihad Stadium for the long haul and knows he has to arrest the situation.
He has to put people accountable and ensure the post-corona transfer window gives him what he wants. His squad is on the wrong side of 30 and many are leaving on a free.
Pep Guardiola has a fight on his hands and he has to deliver on all angles.