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Jurgen Klopp says Pep Guardiola paid Liverpool 'a huge compliment' with conservative team selection

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp admires and respects Manchester City but knows Pep Guardiola paid them a 'huge compliment' by changing their tactics at Anfield last season.

When the pair met in 13 months ago, with the two clubs level on 17 points, City set up more conservatively than at any other time in Guardiola's reign and left with their first goalless draw and clean sheet on the ground since 1986.They could have actually snatched victory had Riyad Mahrez not missed an 85th-minute penalty but it was far from a performance associated with a team who had won the league the previous season with 100 points.

This season City arrive at Anfield with a six-point deficit to Klopp's Premier League leaders and there is a debate about whether Guardiola can afford to adopt similar tactics to last year.

'You can see it's a compliment, but for sure it is not meant as a compliment! It's just a game-plan,' said Klopp of his rival's approach last time out at Anfield.

City have won just once - May 2003 - in their last 28 league visits to Anfield but Klopp is paying no attention to their injury list or poor form on Merseyside.

It's not about comparing the team from last year, it's about how do they deal with the situation and that's quite impressive.

'I don't think about the City team of the last few years, I think about the City team of the moment, and that's good enough for a proper game.

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