Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher has explained why Liverpool and Manchester City dislike each other.
During the past years the rivalry between Jurgen Klopp’s and Pep Guardiola’s teams have reached to a massive level, which has been proved after the last campaign, when 97 points were not enough for the Merseyside club to win the title.
Despite giving compliments to each other, Klopp and Guardiola have also been involved in rows, the latest one linked with Sadio Mane’s “diving accusations” and Manchester City’s “tactical fouls’ accusations”.
“I do not believe I am exaggerating when I say the hierarchies of Liverpool and City cannot stand each other, resentments which are reflected in the fanbases,” Carragher said in his column for The Telegraph (via LiverpoolECHO).
“City appear to suspect Liverpool of lobbying governing bodies to investigate the legality of their transfer spending, while they make no secret of their belief that the positive coverage of the Klopp era is disproportionate when compared to Guardiola’s trophy haul, and City’s in general since the Abu Dhabi takeover.
“Within Liverpool, eyebrows are raised when stories emerge about fears of another attack on City’s bus as happened in the Champions League quarter-final in 2018, and there was incredulity at Guardiola’s comments about Sadio Mane’s diving.
“As Klopp suggested, it certainly feels like Guardiola talks about Liverpool more than Klopp does Manchester City , and City generally seem preoccupied with how Liverpool are portrayed in the media.”
Liverpool will face Man City at Anfield Road on Sunday.
Kick-off, 4:30 PM (BST).