Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has described his Manchester City counterpart Pep Guardiola as the best manager in the world.
The two teams will face off on Sunday, with City arriving to Anfield both as Premier League champions and the current league leaders.
"I've said it a few times, that if we couldn't be champions last season then Manchester City are very welcome," Klopp said in an exclusive interview with Sky Sports.
"They had an outstanding season, I respect it a lot - I love it, actually. Watching them is really good.
"My respect for Pep Guardiola couldn't be bigger, he is the world's best manager and that makes it so difficult, but so exciting to play his teams.
"I have a really good relationship with Pep. A few times before these games, you say a few things and then realise obviously it could have been misunderstood, but then it's really important to say I really like and respect Pep and his staff."