Pep Guardiola admitted he was shocked by accusations from Jurgen Klopp that Manchester City benefited from a two-week break over Christmas as a result of coronavirus pandemic.
City had a sport at Everton postponed on December 28 after numerous their workers (together with 5 gamers) examined constructive for COVID-19.
Because of the cancellation, City had a spot of eight days between their sport in opposition to Newcastle on Boxing Day and their journey to Chelsea on January 3.
These matches got here early within the present nine-game successful sequence within the Premier League which has taken City from mid-table to 3 factors clear on the prime with a sport in hand.
Champions Liverpool have skilled a downturn in fortunes that point, slipping from prime to fourth and are seven factors behind City having performed a sport extra previous to Sunday’s conflict between the 2 sides at Anfield.
“We didn’t have a break,” stated Liverpool supervisor Klopp. “I believe City had a two-week break for COVID causes.”
City have identified that the one days off that they had because of this had been the day of the supposed sport at Goodison Park and the deliberate restoration day afterwards.
City supervisor Guardiola stated: “He made a mistake. It was two months off, or three months off? No, (it was) 4. 4 months off.
“That’s why we’re in prime kind proper now. Jurgen has to see the calendar once more. We had COVID, we’ve one week and we performed with 14 gamers at Stamford Bridge.
“However possibly I’m flawed and it was not two weeks, it was three or 4 weeks. Tomorrow after I see Jurgen I’ll say to him: ‘What number of weeks or days had been we off?’
“I’m shocked. I assumed Jurgen was not that sort of supervisor, like different ones who’re often doing it. I didn’t count on that remark.
“However possibly it was a misunderstanding from him. If he sees the calendar once more he’ll realise it was not two weeks, it was two months.”