Manchester boss Pep Guardiola said:
He [Klopp] likes these punching games. It was a fantastic advert for the Premier League. Both teams wanted to win. I had the feeling we left them alive but Liverpool are a joy to watch, I know how good and difficult they are.
We performed really, really well. I’m so proud of the team. Now we have seven games left and we have to win all of them or it will be over.
I said before the game it doesn’t matter if we win or lose. Of course, it was a massive game but we know what we have to do. Seven games is a lot of games, tough games away – so do they.
I don’t know what is going to happen if we win the Premier League but to be there for the fifth season – and I want to win the Premier League – is so good that is doesn’t matter [if we lose the title].
On Klopp, Guardiola added:
He makes me a better manager. His teams are positive and aggressive in attack. I try to imitate him in that sense. We aren’t friends, we don’t have dinner together, I have his telephone number but I don’t call him but I have a lot of respect for him and he knows. And next Saturday I will try to beat him.
Meanwhile, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp likened the 2-2 draw a ‘boxing match’ and believes the point his side picked up was ‘deserved’, with the share of the spoils keeping them on the tails of the table toppers.