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thriller Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola united as they sum up sensational game at Anfield

Kevin De Bruyne canceled out Mohamed Salah’s stunning strike as Manchester City twice hit back to claim a point in a game that also featured thrilling goals from Liverpool's Sadio Mane and City's majestic midfielder Phil Foden.

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Jurgen Klopp embraces Pep Guardiola as the final whistle sounds. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Jurgen Klopp embraces Pep Guardiola as the final whistle sounds. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Jurgen Klopp embraces Pep Guardiola as the final whistle sounds. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

There may not be a better game of football played in Europe this season.

Sporting events given the biggest of build-ups often fail to deliver on their promise, but Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp and Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola were united as they summed up a sensational 2-2 draw at Anfield.

Kevin De Bruyne canceled out Mohamed Salah’s stunning strike as Manchester City twice hit back to claim a point in a game that also featured thrilling goals from Liverpool's Sadio Mane and City's majestic midfielder Phil Foden.

"I love the Premier League," declared a breathless Guardiola. "Congratulations Liverpool and their players. That's why the last year both teams were fighting to win the Premier League. In general, more than satisfied with the week we had.

"At half time we said we could not play the second next 45 what we were doing for the last 30 minutes (of the first half). The only regret we have as a team in Paris is at 2-0 we lost control and thought it was over.

"Today - the good teams you see from the way they lose. At 2-1 down you see a great team. I would love to win. In general, the game was tight as normal against Liverpool."

Klopp admitted his side were outclassed as they struggled to click into gear in the first half, as he saluted his side's response after the break.

"Thank god a football game has two halves," declared Klopp. "We are really happy about the second and not so happy about the first for obvious reasons.

"We did a lot of things wrong in the first half and City did a lot of things right in the first half so we never got really in the game. We weren't much worse, we never played enough football.

"I was most happy in my career about the half-time whistle. It was never planned that we played like this and we needed half-time and we used half-time and played a really good second half.

"Man City with the ball is a proper team. There are ways to defend it. They had chances clear but they didn't score from that. It gives you a really bad feeling which leads to not playing football. We had long balls which didn't make sense.

"All these things we changed in the second half immediately. We were now in the game and scored wonderful goals with the ball. The message was to play the extra pass. We didn't do that in the first half at all.

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"Do we want to win a game like this? Yes. We have to admit today the point is completely fine."

Klopp also suggested Salah should not be placed alongside Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo after his sensational second half goal that would have been worthy of winning the game.

"If Leo Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo score that goal then the world says yes because it's world class," he added. "He (Salah) is one of the best players in the world, that's how it is.

"It is not the first goal he has scored like this, I think against Napoli and Tottenham were similar goals but it is pure world class, what a player. He set up the first goal as well for Sadio and it was great goal as well."

Klopp and Guardiola had every right to toast the performances of their teams in a game that confirmed the Premier League is undoubtedly the best competition in world football right now.

There may not be a better 45 minutes of football played in European football this season than we saw in this compelling sporting showdown.

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