Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has hinted that he would be happy to settle for a draw in their Premier League clash against Manchester City on Sunday evening.
The Champions League-winning manager and his team rallied to finish third in the table last season following a torrid start to the campaign – while City ran away with the title.
Pep Guardiola's side have looked back to their best since losing to Tottenham on the opening day, and sit a point behind Liverpool before their Sunday meeting.
Klopp has now given his honest thoughts on the form of their rivals, and in particular how they dominated in their win over Thomas Tuchel's Chelsea last weekend.
Klopp said: "A draw would mean we're still unbeaten. Take it now? it's early.
"Let's play the game and ask me after that. So far the start is OK but it's not that we think we couldn't have done better.
"If we win, I'd think it was a 'proper' start. But then Watford, Atletico, Man Utd…"
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And added of their opponents: "Man City are for me the best team in Europe at the moment. Last weekend they played Chelsea and they are good but City were clearly better that day.
"That's the team we face. We have to score, so that's been helpful but we have to defend on our highest level.
"We have to brave, front-footed, cheeky in moments, really your best version and then and only then you have a chance. So that is what we try.
"What we did last week or the other day was OK but we need a complex football challenge. Thank God for both teams! It's exciting."
Meanwhile, Guardiola said of his rival boss following midweek defeat to PSG: "He helped me, his teams helped me to be a better manager. Give me another level to think about it, prove myself, what I have to do to be a better manager with our teams to try and beat them.
"It's the reason why I'm still in this business. There are some managers, Jurgen is one, to challenge you to move a step forward. In Germany when we face each other, I couldn't face him in Barcelona.
"Here we have many years, many competitions together. Every game was nice, both teams have the same idea, go to score goals in different ways. Quicker than us, but in the same way to win the games."
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