The Man City boss has a well-known tendency to namedrop Liverpool without invitation and did so again after his side convincingly won 5-0 against Newcastle on the weekend.
His comment that everyone in this country supports Liverpool, the media and everyone tickled Liverpool fans and was laughed off by Klopp on Monday.
I have no idea if the whole country is supporting us, Klopp said. I dont know that, its not the feeling I get, actually, when we go to other places and play there, its actually the opposite.
And ahead of another decisive game for City at Wolves, Guardiola looked to clear up his words from the weekend.
The Champions League which City were dramatically knocked out of took centre stage as it remains the dream even if some City fans now say to the contrary.
I saw a documentary [The Boot Room Boys] about Liverpool from Bill Shankly, Bob Paisley, Joe Fagan, the history in the Champions League, Guardiola told Sky Sports.
When you see the documentary, you understand completely what they have done in world football and in this country.
? My quote is to defend my players.
Pep Guardiola responds to the uproar of his comments about everyone supporting Liverpool. pic.twitter.com/SagbnR8lPT
Football Daily (@footballdaily) May 10, 2022
People follow Liverpool more than us and in the media as well, this is obvious.
Im not saying we are better or worse than the other clubs. All I say and my quote is to defend my players is that everything today in world football starts and ends in the Champions League.
And the Champions League is massively important, its the dream for us. We have not reached it, next season we will try, with me, without me, with these players, with players in the future.
It looks like its just the Champions League, Liverpool have many more leagues than us, before in the eighties and seventies they won a lot. But in the Premier League, in the last 30 years, they have just one.
Thats why I want to give credit to my players, not to underestimate Liverpool, they could have won the last three or four that we have won because the margin was incredibly tight.
But it shows how difficult the Premier League is it looks like the Premier League doesnt matter, because its just the Champions League. But the Premier League is so important.
If anyone understands you Pep, its Liverpool supporters. We cant get our minds off Jurgen Klopps Reds either!