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Guardiola still searching for answers in Klopp rivalry

There are three managers on three. There is Jose Mourinho on six. And then there is Jurgen Klopp, out on his own with nine, with three times as many victories against Pep Guardiola as anyone except Mourinho, who has a losing record.

It explains why, long before Liverpool dethroned Manchester City as Premier League champions, Klopp had a reputation as Guardiola's nemesis. The German won the battles, even when the Catalan won the wars as he accumulated four league titles in divisions featuring Klopp's teams.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on November 08, 2020, with the headline 'Guardiola still searching for answers in Klopp rivalry'. Print Edition | Subscribe