Pep Guardiola’s positive reputation amongst Reds has been further enhanced by footage of his incredibly honest outlook on Liverpool’s front three.
A recent episode of Manchester City documentary ‘All or Nothing’ has seen the Spaniard admitting his fear of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane prior to their Champions League quarter-final first-leg at Anfield.
The footage represented more evidence of a well-known respect between Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp on the basis of their enthralling attacking philosophies.
It also proved a fascinating insight into the lasting impression Liverpool made with January’s 4-3 league victory over the eventual champions.
For Guardiola to openly express his concerns over Klopp’s attacking trio is testament to the remarkable season they produced. For him to do so in the Goodison Park changing rooms whilst preparing to face Everton is an added bonus.
“They scare me, they’re dangerous,” Pep says.
Pep Guardiola in the changing rooms at Goodison days before the Liverpool vs City Champions League QF. Very, very scared by Salah, Mané and Firmino. pic.twitter.com/8c7U5psxt1
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Guardiola’s fear was justified days later when Liverpool fired three without reply to secure a commanding lead heading into the second-leg at the Etihad.
An emphatic first half from the hosts saw City struggle to cope with the interchanging of the Reds’ front three that Guardiola had anticipated.
It also entailed a notably gruelling evening for January signing Aymeric Laporte as he was left exposed to the pace of Salah down the right-hand side.
The next matchup between the two sides now marks one of the most highly-anticipated contests of the new campaign.