Guardiola ramps up pressure on Klopp by teasing he has world's best XI

‘It’s normal they win ALL the awards’: Sarcastic Pep Guardiola ramps up the pressure on Jurgen Klopp by teasing that Liverpool have the world’s best player in every position after Mo Salah beat Kevin De Bruyne to FWA gong

  • Pep Guardiola has aimed a subtle dig at Premier League title rival Jurgen Klopp
  • The Man City boss says it’s normal for Klopp’s Liverpool to ‘win all the awards’
  • Reds star Mohamed Salah beat City’s Kevin de Bruyne to the 2022 FWA award
  • Guardiola joked Liverpool have the best player in the world for every position 

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has ramped up the mind games with Liverpool by joking ‘it’s normal they win all the awards’ after Mohamed Salah was named Football Writers’ Association Men’s Player of the Year on Friday.

Salah pipped City’s Kevin de Bruyne and West Ham’s Declan Rice to clinch the prestigious award for a second time, taking 48 per cent of the vote ahead of his Premier League colleagues.

The Egyptian has been in devastating form for Liverpool this season, with his tally of 30 goals helping Jurgen Klopp’s side hunt down an unprecedented Quadruple.

Pep Guardiola (R) has aimed a subtle dig at Premier League title rival Jurgen Klopp (L)

The Merseyside club are still competing on four fronts heading into the final month of the campaign, one of which includes their gripping title battle with City.

Guardiola and Klopp’s latest race to become champions is set to go down to the wire, and the former has aimed a dig at his rival amid their title joust.

When asked if De Bruyne will be disappointed to have missed out on the FWA award, Guardiola said at his press conference on Friday: ‘He’s won it already, so congratulations to Salah.

Liverpool star Mohamed Salah (L) pipped Man City’s Kevin de Bruyne to the 2022 FWA award

Guardiola ramped up the pressure on Liverpool by saying ‘it’s normal they win all the awards’

‘Jurgen said it, they have the best keeper, the best second keeper in the world, the best central defender, the best holding midfielder, the best striker… so it’s normal they win all the awards.’

If Guardiola extends his City stay beyond the end of his current contract, which expires in 2023, he will be set for several more encounters with Klopp after the Liverpool manager signed a new deal of his own.

Klopp put pen to paper on a new four-year deal at Anfield on Thursday, u-turning on his previous plan to walk away in 2024.

Guardiola insists the German’s renewal is positive news for England’s top flight, saying: ‘All my career, 15 years as a manager always I have rivals. So I think it’s really good for the Premier League that he extended his contract because he decide ad the club decide to stay together.’

The City boss then joked that Klopp believes he has the world’s best player for each position

When asked if it has tempted him to sign a new deal himself, the Spaniard replied: ‘No no no, honestly I’m so concerned about the last three weeks of the season I don’t have time. 

‘I have the feeling one year is a long time. It’s six seasons together, so many years. I am enjoying this part of the season and I have time. 

‘I have an incredible relationship with my club, chairman, CEO. You know my opinion. I’m incredibly happy, I could not be in a better place than where I am now, here. I can not visualise a better place but it’s not just about me it’s about other situations. We will take the decision we will take.’

Liverpool have the chance to put pressure on City this weekend, as Klopp’s men take on Newcastle five hours before them in Saturday’s early kick-off.

The champions then go away to Leeds later in the evening, with only a point separating them at the summit heading into their latest fixtures. 

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