Klopp, Guardiola set to renew rivalry on Saturday

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There’s still a top-half tilt remaining in the Premier League’s 18th Matchday, but feel free to peek ahead to Saturday.

That’s when a tactical rivalry will be renewed, as ex-Bundesliga star managers Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp link up in England for Manchester City’s visit to Liverpool.

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Klopp was at Borussia Dortmund between the Summer of 2008 and the conclusion of the 2014-15 Bundesliga season. Guardiola took over Bayern Munich in 2013, facing Klopp in his first match in charge of the Bavarians: the German SuperCup.

Dortmund won that match 4-2, with now Man City man Ilkay Gundogan scoring for Klopp in the contest.

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Klopp and Guardiola were at the helm for seven more Klassikere, and there wasn’t a draw in the bunch. Bayern won four and BVB claimed four (though the final match-up went to penalties, with Klopp’s crew prevailing in the German Cup final). Bayern won three of four league matches, but Klopp pipped Pep to hardware in three of four chances.

So Saturday’s primetime match, a 12:30 p.m. EDT tilt on NBC, will be a rubber match for two of the best minds in the game. The reverse fixture comes March 18 at the Etihad Stadium.

Their clubs are separated by a point, second and third in the Premier League.

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