When it comes to Premier League clashes, today’s Liverpool v Manchester City showdown doesn’t get much bigger.
The Anfield game could prove to be a classic and play a pivotal role in determining where the top-flight crown ends this season.
The two men who oversaw the hit match – Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola – certainly have the experience of the biggest stages.
The two iconic managers have shared the Premier League title for each of the past four seasons, with just one point separating Liverpool and City after six games this season.
Both will be looking to add this campaign’s high-flying crown to their CVs, but who comes out on top in their respective careers so far?
After a relatively modest start in terms of trophies after taking over a Liverpool side that were 10th in the Premier League, Klopp has been upping the silverware in recent years.
After getting a nice promotion with Mainz in 2004, Klopp’s career really took off when he joined Borussia Dortmund in 2008.
Dortmund, under the German, won the Bundesliga several consecutive years between 2011 and 2012 before the start of Bayern’s current era of domination.
Klopp also won the DFB-Pokal in 2012 and won three DFL-Supercup titles during his time at the Westfalenstadion.
The start of the 54-year-old reign at Liverpool was marred by near-wins, as the Reds lost in the League Cup, Europa League and Champions League final.
Things changed when Klopp guided the Anfield team to European glory in 2019 with a 2-0 victory over Tottenham.
The following season he added the UEFA Super Cup to his collection with a victory over Chelsea months before overseeing FIFA Club World Cup glory.
And Klopp cemented his name in Liverpool history by ending the club’s 30-year wait for a title later this campaign by winning the Premier League.
Despite only being a top manager for just over 10 years, the Spaniard has 32 remarkable trophies to his name.
Guardiola started his life as a boss at Barcelona B and duly won the Tercera Division title in his freshman year in 2008 before taking over the Barcelona senior team the following summer.
At Camp Nou, Guardiola won three La Liga crowns, two Copa del Reys and a trio of Supercopa de Espana medals, which is the equivalent of the Community Shield.
He also won the Champions League in 2009 and 2011 and a pair of Super Cup and Club World Cup titles in Catalonia.
Following his well-documented sabbatical, which he took between leaving Barca in 2012 and joining Bayern Munich in 2013, Guardiola claimed Bundesliga glory in each of his three years in Germany.
To add to his league success, he also won DFB-Pokal twice and added another round of Super Cup and Club World Cup medals to his record in 2013.
Guardiola continued his trophy dominance at City, with the Premier League triumph last season, his third title since arriving in 2016.
During his five seasons at the club, the 50-year-old has also won seven other trophies – one FA Cup, two Community Shields and four League Cups.
Will he finally land in this elusive Champions League town that was desperate for this term after narrowly losing 1-0 to Chelsea in the final in May?
Guardiola vs. Klopp
Mainz (2001-2008): Promotion to Bundesliga
Borussia Dortmund (2008-2015): Bundesliga x2, DFB-Pokal, German Supercup x3
Liverpool (2015-present): Premier League, Champions League, Super Cup, Club World Cup
Barcelona (2008-2012): La Liga x3, Copa del Rey x2, Champions League x2, Super Cup x2, Club World Cup x2, Supercopa de Espana x3
Bayern Munich (2013-2016): Bundesliga x3, DFB-Pokal x2, Super Cup, Club World Cup
City of man (2016-present): Premier League x3, FA Cup, EFL Cup x4, Community Shield x2
As Guardiola wins the trophy war, the Spaniard’s individual record against Klopp is the worst of all the best managers he has faced.
The City boss has lost eight of the games he’s played for Klopp’s Liverpool side in all competitions – more than he has to any opposing coach in his career.
Overall, Guardiola has lost as much as he has won (nine) in their 21 encounters while his 1.43 points per game are the lowest of any other rivals with nine or more games.
But the Etihad boss has the most recent bragging rights on Klopp as he staged City’s first win at Anfield since 2003 last season.