Jurgen Klopp (Getty Photos)
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp acknowledged coping with Manchester Metropolis is the toughest job in football and hailed Pep Guardiola because the realm's easiest coach.
Klopp's aspect seek the advice of with Metropolis on Sunday in an foremost conflict in the Premier League title speed.
2d placed Liverpool are one point in the serve of leaders Metropolis with eight games left for both groups.
A safe for Liverpool would attach them in pole space to favor the Premier League trophy for a 2d time in three seasons.
Nonetheless a Liverpool defeat and even a draw would toddle away reigning champions Metropolis because the favourites to take care of the title.
That is more probably to be a bitter blow for Liverpool, given their incredible assemble of leisurely, but it wouldn't be the first time they had been unable to take Metropolis despite playing on the height of their powers.
In 2018/19, Metropolis pipped Liverpool to the title by some degree despite the Reds' file points haul for the runners-up.
Klopp knows Metropolis are by a long way the toughest opponent his body of workers will face as they lumber an unheard of quadruple.
"There is now not always a recreation in world football you may perchance perchance per chance review to play against Metropolis due to the they're accurate in relatively famous all areas. There are no longer any proper weaknesses," Klopp truly helpful reporters on Friday.
"It's good to point to the honor they deserve, especially against Metropolis as they're relatively accurate with the ball.
"We're privy to it's tough. What's modified this closing four years is every person else thinks it's tough after they face us, and that is the explanation in actuality accurate.
"Nothing to distress referring to the mentality of my boys. After the (Benfica) recreation without extend the boys had been trot 'Now or no longer it's Metropolis time'. We are going to probably be intelligent."
'Easiest in the realm'
Metropolis bear acquired the title three times since Guardiola arrived in 2016, but there are aloof some who ask the Spaniard for his failure to safe the Champions League since 2011, when he used to be accountable at Barcelona.
Klopp has no such doubts about Guardiola's qualities on the different hand.
"Pep is the best coach in the realm. I occupy we may perchance perchance per chance all agree on that and it's a long way more probably to be a coincidence that it did now not work out in the Champions League to this point," he acknowledged.
"If anybody doubts him, I bear never any belief how that may perchance perchance per chance happen."
Klopp believes Metropolis's consistent quality in the Guardiola era has forced Liverpool elevate their very maintain standards.
"We pushed every other to famous points tallies. Insanity. I could perchance perchance per chance bear by no design idea these extra or less issues had been that you may perchance perchance per chance take into consideration, especially no longer on this league," he acknowledged.
"The consistency both groups showed in that interval used to be completely crazy."
Liverpool bear acquired 10 successive Premier League suits and bear one foot in the Champions League semi-finals after Tuesday's 3-1 safe against Benfica in the quarter-last first leg.
That used to be the best preparation for the seismic showdown with Metropolis, who additionally face Liverpool in the FA Cup semi-finals at Wembley on 16 April.
Sunday's recreation is being billed as a title decider but Klopp insists the speed will be removed from over whatever the head result.
"I will't think what individuals think. Nonetheless whenever you happen to fight by design of the that you may perchance perchance per chance take into consideration outcomes: if we safe we are two points forward and if every person thinks that's completed and dusted with the league then I will't abet," he acknowledged.
"If we lose we are four points in the serve of. And if anybody thinks 'That's it' then I will't substitute it but I do know no-one from a Metropolis point of glance would think like that."