Man City manager Pep Guardiola is relishing the chance to face Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp as the Premier League champions trade tackles with the European Cup winners in the Community Shield.
The former Bayern Munich and Barcelona tactician revealed he holds immense respect for the German whose Liverpool side ran Man City close for the league title last term.
“[I respect] many things,” he stated about Klopp. “He’s a class manager – a top manager.
“His teams are identified well. He’s a top manager, incredible.
“It’s an incredible challenge for me every time I face one of his teams.
“His message is always positive. His behaviour – hugging, smiling – his message is positive.
“It’s good for football. There are some exceptions, but most of the time it is good.
“We won almost every trophy; not all of them. It was quite remarkable.
“Not enough to have our players in the best players in Europe but we know each other better now than in the first season. That’s easier for our job.
“We start from zero now – we start again – but we are ready to accept the challenge.