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Jurgen Klopp explains plan for Pep Guardiola reunion and reaction of wife Ulla to Liverpool performance

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Jurgen Klopp was delighted with his team’s performance despite Liverpool being held to a 1-1 draw with Man City at Anfield.

Jurgen Klopp refused to divulge the details of his post-match conversation with Pep Guardiola as Liverpool were held to a 1-1 draw by Manchester City at Anfield.

The Reds went behind to John Stones’s goal from a Kevin De Bruyne corner in the first half before Alexis Mac Allister’s penalty secured a point in what was a blistering second half for the hosts.

In what was the last meeting of the two revered coaches in the Premier League, Klopp and Guardiola embraced for some words after the final whistle but the Liverpool boss declined to detail what was spoken about.

“First of all it is private,” Klopp said. “Even when it is in a football stadium and nothing that will change the world. [I said] that we both respect each other a lot and that after our career we somehow become friends.

“He’s a golfer, I am not but he is Spanish and might play padel.. We will play padel, we will speak and have great talks about sensational football games and incredible stuff. We said it a lot but we respect this a lot but the words we speak to each other [are private].

“On the scale I rate, there is no higher scale than playing the best football you can play against Man City, causing City the problems we caused today. This was a different game to what we played against them before.

“How we played through their midfield was some of the best moments of my coaching career to be honest, that we were able to do that, against them.

“So I would love to use one of the massive chances we created. Yes, we are lucky when Jeremy Doku hit the post but we played an exceptional football game. For us, besides the result, the most important information is that we are right there. We go the distance.

“Let’s see what we get for it, but the boys fought so hard for absolutely everything to be there. Arsenal at the moment is firing on all cylinders. Last night, it was late (against Brentford), but they still played an incredible game. City is City. So for us it is probably a little bit like how did we get through all that, that we are still there.

“It is crazy with all these games we had and the squad situation we have. Today I saw the best 53 minutes we had against Manchester City. It was exceptional how we played, and important as well that we learned that about ourselves as well. That we can do that.”

Klopp was asked if the quality of the game would make him reconsider his end-of-season departure, with the Liverpool boss adding: “No, no, I saw, especially in the stadium, a lot of incredible football games that’s nothing to do with my decision [to leave].

“Obviously I didn’t explain well enough so far. So maybe at one point I will try it again but not today. But these games, good games, great games, I met my missus after the game already and she was completely buzzing, so it must be good fun to watch from the stands as well.

“That’s why I am not sure if I would miss some things when I am allowed to watch football games and nobody told me that I have to be a manager to do that but it was a good game.”

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