He did attempt to close down Klopp's claim regarding City and "tactical fouls", a view also shared by Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, his predecessor Jose Mourinho, and West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini.
Moreover, Klopp wanted to emphasise last year's Liverpool-City clash and continued with his praise for the Spaniard: "Last year we were given the greatest lesson in respect I've ever had".
"I don't pay attention to what he's saying because it's part of football", he added.
Liverpool's loss to City in January was the last time they lost in the league and ultimately cost them the league title last season, finishing just one point behind the champions.
Like Liverpool, City needed a second-half comeback last time out in the Premier League, beating Southampton 2-1 on the strength of 70 and 86-minute goals from Sergio Aguero and Kyle Walker.
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Pep Guardiola's side take on Atalanta on Wednesday (Martin Rickett/PA).
"But it was far from my intention to say that Sadio Mane is that type of player". For Jürgen it is a penalty, for the referee it was a penalty, for VAR it was a penalty, so I was the wrong guy. Why not? But what Jurgen said is correct. Hopefully I can clarify everything for Jürgen.
So naturally, Guardiola was asked whether he considered Sadio Mane a major threat going into such a key game next weekend.
Liverpool swept City aside with a convincing 3-0 victory in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final at Anfield.
"So I think we played already a few big games in this season and for sure City as well will be a big game". It's what I want to keep doing.
"I don't think Pep went into [the press conference] with that in his head, I think he was just triggered by a question about the result at Villa Park and it's just come out", the pundit said[as quoted].
"He did what he had to do, and we didn't give them many opportunities".