Pep Guardiola is set to arrive on English soil in the summer after signing a pre-contract with Premier League giants Manchester City.
The revered Spanish coach will resume one rivalry in particular - sorry, Jose, it's not with you - as he goes in search of success at the Citizens.
Guardiola will once again go head-to-head with enigmatic Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp. The Reds chief, who challenged Guardiola time-and-time again in the Bundesliga, has already hailed his rival as one of the best managers in the world but has also insisted that the incoming City manager won't find it easy in the Premier League.
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Klopp has quickly found out that it's not easy to succeed in England - his Liverpool side have failed to climb the table since his arrival - but next season is when he will be determined to really get things going on Merseyside.
Ultimately, though, it's not going to get any easier for him as he will have to battle Guardiola once again.
But the arrival of Guardiola shouldn't worry him too much; Klopp's record against the current Bayern boss is an admirable one.
In eight domestic games against his managerial counterpart, Klopp came out on top on four occasions. In fact, both managers enjoyed four victories each throughout their rivalry on German soil.
Here are the results
- Dortmund 4-2 Bayern (July 27, 2013), DFL-Supercup
- Dortmund 0-3 Bayern (Nov. 23, 2013), Bundesliga
- Bayern 0-3 Dortmund (April 12, 2014), Bundesliga
- Dortmund 0-2 Bayern (May 17, 2014), DFB-Pokal Final
- Dortmund 2-0 Bayern (August 13, 2014), DFL-Supercup
- Bayern 2-1 Dortmund (Nov. 1, 2014), Bundesliga
- Dortmund 0-1 Bayern (April 4, 2015), Bundesliga
- Bayern 1-1 Dortmund - 0-2 on pens (April 28, 2015), DFB-Pokal semifinal
What stands out?
Well, Klopp won his first and last domestic clashes against Guardiola and Bayern. The final game, of course, went all the way to penalties, but it was Klopp's Dortmund who progressed to the final.
Another interesting aspect when analysing the results is that both Dortmund and Bayern scored 11 goals each during the eight games. There really was no separating them.
The statistics should give Liverpool fans hope that Klopp really can compete with the very best in world football. Guardiola may well be an incredible appointment for Manchester City, but Klopp's class in the game shouldn't be underestimated at this stage.
A full pre-season and summer transfer window for the Liverpool boss will give him every chance of success. Guardiola may well be inheriting a fine squad, but he will be well aware that Klopp, and the rest of the Premier League, will be desperate to beat him and his side.
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