Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has mocked Jurgen Klopp decision as Liverpool were knocked out of the FA Cup by Wolves.
The Spanish boss has claimed that he would rather be in all competitions than staying in only two like Premier League title rivals Liverpool.
Jürgen Klopp: “Manchester City is, in my opinion, always the best in the world. “
Pep Guardiola: “We have a rival who is currently the best team in Europe, or in the world. “
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The Reds were dropped out by the Premier League rivals after a 2-1 defeat on Monday night at Molineux Stadium.
But Guardiola has hinted his counterpart Klopp has willingly named the understrength team against Wolves.
“I don’t remember a league so tough, there are so many huge contenders fighting for the title. It is closer, every game is a final.”
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“I don’t know [if fewer games give Liverpool an advantage] – I don’t have a theory from my experience about that,” the Catalan coach said.
“If everyone is fit and not injured we can cope with it. The problem is if you have 10 injured players, then it’s almost impossible. When everyone is fit, it’s better.”
“I prefer it [being involved in four competitions], definitely. I like to be in the four competitions as far as possible.”
“When Wigan put us out of the FA Cup last season I was sad. I take the cups seriously.”
“I’m not involved in what my opponents do. The reality for Jurgen is he knows exactly what happened.”
“Sometimes it happens when you have many problems. Maybe I would take a decision to play with some others [in those circumstances].”
“I’m not the right person to judge what the others do because I don’t like it when others judge our decisions.”
“Of course you need a big squad – without quality, you can’t even win one trophy. With the quality and amount of players we have, you can do it, because the team is always stable.”
Klopp has made nine changes with only two debutants and dropped Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane to the bench; while Alisson, Virgil van Dijk and Andy Robertson were not in the squad.
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But the German boss defended his changes and said: “I changed a lot because I thought we had to, not because I wanted to. We played a similar line-up in three tough games so it was clear we had to change.”
Liverpool are back in the Premier League action against Brighton at Falmer Stadium on Saturday evening.