Klopp hits back at Guardiola’s diving comments aimed at Mane
The Reds boss couldn’t help responding as the war of words continues ahead of their huge Premier League clash on Sunday.
Jurgen Klopp has ironically promised “not to mention tactical fouls” in response to Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola’s recent comments regarding Liverpool’s Sadio Mane.
Guardiola ramped up tensions between the two teams ahead of Sunday’s top-of-the-table clash by accusing Mane going to ground too easily.
The Senegal forward was booked for simulation after going down under a challenge by Frederic Guilbert during Saturday’s game against Aston Villa.
Guardiola told BBC Sport: “Sometimes he is diving, sometimes he has this talent to score incredible goals in the last minute. He’s a talent.”
Mane would go on to score a stoppage-time winner as Liverpool beat Villa 2-1 to maintain their six-point advantage over City, who themselves scored two late goals in a come-from-behind 2-1 win at home to Southampton.
Klopp has since defended Mane following Guardiola’s accusation, insisting that contact was made on the 27-year-old inside the box and he was “100 per cent sure” that City would call for a penalty in a similar situation.
“I am not sure if Pep spoke in that moment about Sadio or the team – both is not too nice to be honest,” Klopp told reporters at a news conference.
“Somebody showed it to me because I had to see it as everybody told me about it…I couldn’t really believe it to be honest. Then I saw it.
Both sides are in Champions League action in midweek ahead of their meeting at Anfield.
Liverpool take on Belgian side Genk on Tuesday while City can secure their place in the knockout stages with a victory away at Italian side Atalanta on Wednesday.