Jurgen Klopp has refused talk of Liverpool’s meeting with ​Manchester City being a ‘must-not-lose’ fixture, instead insisting it is “a 100 percent want-to-win” game.

That is not to say Klopp does not have all three points on his mind as the ​Liverpool manager who praised both his and Guardiola’s teams for consistently pushing each other to the limits.

Jurgen Klopp

“We pushed each other to a really high level. City played the year before I don’t think with proper pressure behind them – a 100 point season and I couldn’t have more respect for them with 98 points in the year after,” he told ​Sky Sports.

“We were the reason for that, we pushed them really hard and the reason we had 97 was because of City, because we had to keep in touch.

“I don’t see it like this [a must-not-lose game]. For me, it’s a 100 percent want-to-win game, 100 percent with all I have. This ‘must-win’ thing I never understood because that doesn’t change the chances.

“[The external talk] does not have a real effect on us, that’s how it is. I can imagine it’s the whole week that the world is talking about ‘we must not lose’, I think I heard, and ‘they must win’ or something like that. I don’t really care.”

Klopp also went on to claim that City presented him with “the biggest show of respect” having altered their playing style to combat the Reds in their meeting at Anfield last season.

“In the past couple of years we both gained a lot of respect for each other,” Klopp explained. 

“Not that I never had respect for Man City or Pep Guardiola teams, I had and I had to have.

“But last year’s performance of City at Liverpool was probably the biggest show of respect that I ever got, one of my teams ever got, that’s how it is. They played differently to what they usually do.”