Pep Guardiola shows true colours with response to Alexander-Arnold ahead of Liverpool game | Football | Sport

City are set to take on Liverpool at Anfield this weekend in a crucial six-pointer that could significantly reshape the title race. The stakes are already high for the clash given that the teams are separated by just a point in the table and it is the final time that Guardiola and Klopp will cross paths in a Premier League match on the touchline.

However, Alexander-Arnold added further fuel to the fire by telling FourFourTwo: “Looking back on this era, although they’ve won more titles than us and have probably been more successful, our trophies will mean more to us and our fanbase because of the situations at both clubs, financially. How both clubs have built their teams and the manner in which we’ve done it probably means more to our fans.”

Haaland and Dias have both hit out at the statement, and Guardiola was given the opportunity to respond as well when speaking ahead of his side’s trip to Merseyside. But the ex-Barcelona boss remained coy on the matter when initially asked for his thoughts, saying: “I wish him a speedy recovery and come back to the pitch as soon as possible.”

Guardiola reiterated that he wished the versatile full-back well in his recovery when probed on whether he, personally, was growing frustrated with the mention of finances being the sole underlying reason why his side have enjoyed such levels of success.

He was then asked for whether he is pleased with how some of his stars responeded to Alexander-Arnold’s claims, to which he replied: “I would answer but, why? Honestly. It is what it is. I am incredibly proud of what we have done.”

Despite the strong reactions from some City stars, Klopp has revealed that he did not have any issues with the comments made by his vice-captain. The German said: “He was born in Liverpool stood on the bins [to watch training] before he played for the club. One of our slogans which I love is ‘this means more’, and it means more to us.

“Two years ago we had a parade after winning the League Cup and the FA Cup but losing the Champions League final and the league to Manchester City, but it looked like we won all of these. When we feel like that, why shouldn’t we be allowed to say it? I am not interested, it’s just how he feels and I have absolutely no problem.”

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