Klopp Bites Back At Guardiola’s ‘Diving’ Comments Aimed At Mane
5 November 2019 Sport
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 of 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 Newsmen, “Sometimes he is diving, sometimes he has this talent to score incredible goals in the last minute. He’s a talent.”
Mane went 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.
The German was initially reluctant to speak further about his domestic title rivals but couldn’t resist having a dig at the City boss, suggesting the Premier League champions use tactical fouls to gain an advantage over their opponents.
“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.