Pep Guardiola eagerly anticipating 'Hall of Fame supper' with Jurgen Klopp

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has actually heaped praise on Liverpool counterpart Jurgen Klopp for helping him become a much better manager.

There was nothing to separate the two teams when they faced off on Sunday, with the 2-2 draw leaving Guardiola's side one point ahead in the Premier League title race with seven games to go.

The accumulation to the game was dominated by Guardiola and Klopp tossing praise at one-another, and with the match now over, the City boss has confessed that he enjoys continuously needing to enhance to stay up to date with Klopp.

" I do not understand if Jurgen regard me however I respect him a lot," stated Guardiola. "He makes me a much better manager his teams are positive, aggressive and they wish to attack. I try to imitate him.

" We aren't buddies, we do not have dinner together, we will have dinner one day in the hall of fame, I have his telephone number however I don't call him. I have a great deal of respect for him and he understands next Saturday, we'll attempt to beat him."

On top of completing for the league title, the two sides will also butt heads in the FA Cup semi-final next weekend, with City eyeing a treble and Liverpool promoting the quadruple after their Carabao Cup triumph earlier in the season.

When asked about his side's encounter, Guardiola added: "Seven games in the Premier League is a lot of points, we have to play away, they have to however I had a feeling we'll act. I do not understand what's going to take place. The way we performed against a team that I admire a lot, that made me think a lot, offensively, defensively, make me think for many years carry out the way they perform.

" I wish to win the Premier League but it does not matter. We're so excellent and I believe all our fans enjoyed it.

" It is what it is [the draw] You are the expert, you have to evaluate, to write and inform, it's what it is. In Anfield we played an incredible half and when we equalised, it was the same outcome.

" I had the feeling we'll miss the opportunity to get four points but I stated to you, it does not occur. Win, lose, draw - it's not over. I 'd state the same with a win, it's not over because I told you we 'd take an advantage. We know what we need to do, go to Madrid, FA Cup then we finish. The Premier League is as huge as possible."

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