Pep Guardiola on Reading About Jurgen Klopp: 'I Can't Be F--ked with That'

Rory Marsden@@roomarsdenFeatured ColumnistNovember 22, 2018

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Jurgen Klopp manager / head coach of Liverpool and Pep Guardiola the head coach / manager of Manchester City during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Liverpool at Etihad Stadium on September 9, 2017 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images)
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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has joked he "can't be f--ked" with reading about his Liverpool counterpart, Jurgen Klopp, so he avoids it all together.  

Talking at the University of Liverpool the Spanish manager was asked what books he enjoys reading, and he aimed a humorous jibe at Klopp in response, per The Independent: "I don't read. I start reading and before I know it I am reading about Jurgen Klopp. I can't be f--ked with that."

City and Liverpool have been trading blows in the Premier League this season, and the Sky Blues currently sit just two points ahead of Klopp's side at the top of the table:

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The Reds look to be the most likely challengers this season for Guardiola's side, but in order for them to bridge the 25-point gap between them and City from last term they will need to maintain their impeccable form and keep on winning.

Guardiola is now in his third season as a Premier League manager.

His debut campaign was disappointing given the expectation on his shoulders, with City finishing third, 15 points behind champions Chelsea.

However, last term the Manchester outfit enjoyed a record-breaking triumph as they became the first side in the Premier League era to reach 100 points:

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They are heavy favourites to defend their title, but Guardiola said the Premier League has been the biggest test of his career following his successes with Barcelona and Bayern Munich in La Liga and the Bundesliga, per The Independent:

"It's the toughest one. For the amount of games, for the weather, the referees saying play, play, play. There are many contenders [to win the title]. No other country has that.  It would be unfair to say that, though. There are many things in Germany and Spain that have better things than here.

"I am a better manager now than I was at Barcelona and Bayern Munich. It's the most unpredictable league I've been in. You watch Match of the Day. The people are crazy here compared to other countries, and it's good."

The former midfielder also revealed that "sooner or later" he would like to coach at international level.

That is likely to prick the ears of a number of national federations because Guardiola would be well backed to lead any top international side to silverware.

It would also be a fascinating test of his methods and whether they would succeed in an environment where he has a set pool of talent to work with. 

One of the few criticisms levelled at Guardiola is that he has always had huge funds at his disposal, so he has been able to recruit the players he wants.