Jurgen Klopp Gives Fascinating Answer When Naming The Greatest Manager Of The Modern Era
Klopp and Guardiola's rivalry has ran since 2013 when Klopp managed Borussia Dortmund and Guardiola coached Bayern Munich respectively.
Despite Liverpool's recent title win, Klopp told Robbie Savage's Premier League Breakfast that Guardiola is still the benchmark for this generation of managers.
"I respect what he's doing," the 53-year-old began. "When we meet, I want to beat him. But I have absolutely no problem with admitting my 100% honest opinion that he is the best manager of our era."
"That's no problem for me. That doesn't cost me confidence or whatever.
"I have fought so often so hard against teams of Pep Guardiola. I don't know how many years... about four, three in Germany. I was not even close to the Pep Guardiola teams, so I had a different road to reach that battle."
Guardiola spent three years in the Bundesliga between 2013 and 2016, winning the title every season.
During that time, Klopp guided Dortmund to second in 2014 and seventh in 2015 before leaving the club.
Klopp then went on to explain that the pair's families get on well off the pitch, despite the intense rivalry on it.
"I like him. I really admire what he's doing. We met last season twice, I think in a different surrounding with all families, which was really nice. So they liked each other as well. So that was all good."
Thursday's meeting saw City run out 4-0 winners as the Blues fired a warning that they'll be back stronger next season.
Many had speculated Liverpool were suffering from a post-title win lull, but Guardiola was quick to praise his side following the game.
"We beat the champions, an extraordinary team," he told reporters per Goal.
"We are brave to play, they are brave to play.
"My team I like every single game. We tried to play football, take risks. The best team I have ever faced in my life at high pressing.
"We had the courage to play in the small spaces.
"It is important. I saw the guard of honour, how they work inside, how focused they were. They didn't even say thank you because they were focused.
"They drank a lot of beers this week but they arrived here with no beers in their blood which is why I give us a lot of credit."
Featured Image Credit: PA Images