Liverpool v Manchester City 2018

The first episode in a new six-part football series that explores how the evolution of today’s beautiful game began at Barcelona 25 years ago with the pioneering ideas of Johan Cruyff, and was then taken on by the likes of Louis Van Gaal, Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola.

In this episode we begin at the end of this story, looking at a classic match from the 2018 season which illustrates Cruyff's enduring legacy today.

In January 2018 Liverpool played host to Manchester City in a match that upset a remarkable winning run. Klopp – so often Kryptonite to Guardiola teams – had done it again. It was a result that had clear similarities to another match twenty four years earlier, from Guardiola's time at Barcelona in the 90s. Marcus Speller and Jonathan Wilson are joined by Jack Pitt-Brooke (The Independent) to discuss this extraordinary match, a ground-breaking City team and the lessons from the past.

Essential listening for anyone who loves football – past, present and future!

Over six episodes, Guardian football correspondent Jonathan Wilson and the Football Ramble’s Marcus Speller, along with a panel of experts, take an in depth look at six incredible matches that changed football and helped to define this footballing evolution, from Johan Cruyff’s Barcelona to Jose Mourinho’s Real Madrid, Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United to Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City.

The series coincides with the release of The Barcelona Legacy – a book written by Jonathan Wilson – out this month in hardback, eBook and audiobook.

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