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Jurgen Klopp says Pep Guardiola paid Liverpool 'a huge compliment' when he set out his Manchester City side conservatively at Anfield last season When the pair met in 13 months ago, level on 17 points, City set up conservatively They left with their first goalless draw and clean sheet on the ground since 1986  Manchester City went on to pip their rivals Liverpool to the title by a single point

By Carl Markham, Pa

Published: 11:42 GMT, 9 November 2019 | Updated: 11:42 GMT, 9 November 2019

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp admires and respects Manchester City but knows Pep Guardiola paid them a 'huge compliment' by changing their tactics at Anfield last season.

When the pair met in 13 months ago, with the two clubs level on 17 points, City set up more conservatively than at any other time in Guardiola's reign and left with their first goalless draw and clean sheet on the ground since 1986.

They could have actually snatched victory had Riyad Mahrez not missed an 85th-minute penalty but it was far from a performance associated with a team who had won the league the previous season with 100 points.

When the pair met in 13 months ago (pictured), level on 17 points, City set up conservatively

When the pair met in 13 months ago (pictured), level on 17 points, City set up conservatively

It was to prove crucial, however, as City won the return fixture 2-1 - memorably after Sadio Mane's shot failed to cross the line by 11 millimetres - and went on to pip their rivals to the title by a single point.

This season City arrive at Anfield with a six-point deficit to Klopp's Premier League leaders and there is a debate about whether Guardiola can afford to adopt similar tactics to last year.

'You can see it's a compliment, but for sure it is not meant as a compliment! It's just a game-plan,' said Klopp of his rival's approach last time out at Anfield.

Forward Riyad Mahrez missed a late penalty in last season's 0-0 draw with Liverpool at Anfield

Forward Riyad Mahrez missed a late penalty in last season's 0-0 draw with Liverpool at Anfield

'I don't admire other teams, I respect them and I like a couple of things. The character of

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