Manchester City head coach Pep Guardiola admitted has come out in defence of underfire Klopp, saying sustained success is not possible in football and that “sometimes it’s good to lose” matches.

Liverpool’s hope of defending their Premier League crown is now shattered with them currently sixth on the log, 13 points behind leaders Manchester City, who have a game in hand.

Some social media users have opined that the German tactician needs to take a break but on Monday, Klopp was forced to come out to say he does not need a break from football.

Pepe was asked if he sympathises with Klopp, he said “a lot”.

“What he produces in world football is exceptional,” Guardiola said. “I said many times, now, last season, the previous season or when he was in Germany, his philosophy makes football attractive for all spectators.

“He always wants to produce joy for the fans, world football, for attacking football. He has no doubts about this. Good moments and bad moments, always we have. All of us. There is no manager or club that can sustain seasons and seasons of winning, winning, winning. It would be boring.

“Sometimes you have to lose a little bit. I speak personally from my point of view, sometimes it’s good to lose, or seasons are not good enough, to realise how difficult everything is.

Former Manchester City defender Richard Dunne believes the recent Premier League wins over Liverpool and Tottenham suggest Pep Guardiola’s side are currently unstoppable
Then when you come back and try to win some games, you give more credit and are more satisfied with what you have done.”

City finished 18 points behind Liverpool last season, but Guardiola said learning from their mistakes is not the secret to their current unbeaten run.

“You never get perfection,” he added. “What we have done this season, the 16 games in a row, is a consequence to think and prepare as best as possible for the next game. This is the only secret.

“Two months ago we were not in any thoughts for any person in English football that we could win the Premier League. Now it looks like we are the only contenders to win the Premier League.

“It’s seven points, but when you have to play 14, 15 games, you have 45, 48 points still left to play. A lot of things can happen. Only Everton is in my head. It’s the middle of February, many things are going to happen.”