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Friday 15 December 2017

Jurgen Klopp v Pep Guardiola - head-to-head

Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool host Manchester City this weekend
Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool host Manchester City this weekend

Two of the world's top managers in Liverpool's Jurgen Klopp and Manchester City's Pep Guardiola go head-to-head at Anfield on New Year's Eve.

Both are relatively new to the Premier League, Klopp taking over in October 2015 and his counterpart arriving in the summer, and here Press Association Sport compares their records over their first 18 league matches in English football.

Allowances have to be made for the fact Klopp took over eight matches into the campaign and could not bring in any players he may have wanted, while Guardiola inherited a squad superior to Liverpool's - even though they finished a disappointing fourth last season - and had a full pre-season and summer transfer window.

Klopp Guardiola

7 Wins 12

5 Draws 3

6 Defeats 3

26 Points 39

30 Goals for 39

26 Goals against 20

8th* League position 3rd

* Klopp took over with Liverpool in 10th

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