Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is not happy with Pep Guardiola’s comments about Sadio Mane.
Jurgen Klopp has hit back at Pep Guardiola for his claims about Liverpool forward Sadio Mane ‘sometimes diving’.
After Liverpool’s late win over Aston Villa on Saturday, the Manchester City boss said: “Sometimes he’s diving, sometimes he has this talent to score incredible goals in the last minute.”
Guardiola’s German counterpart has now had his say, and refuted the claims that his Senegalese winger has been going down too easily in the penalty area.
Klopp said: “Sadio is not a diver. Yes there was a situation in the Aston Villa game where he felt contact and went down.
“Maybe it was not a penalty but there was contact.
“It’s not like he jumped over a leg or something. All the other penalties were penalties because he was there.
“If something like that had happened for Manchester City I’m sure they would have wanted a penalty too.”
Former Southampton forward Mane was booked for simulation before scoring the winner at Villa Park as the Reds retained their six point lead at the top of the table, prompting the judgement over his actions from former Barcelona boss Guardiola.
“It has happened many times, what Liverpool have done, in the last few years, it’s because (Mane) is a special talent,” Guardiola told BBC Sport.
Liverpool and City will go head-to-head at Anfield next Sunday after their Champions League ties with Genk and Atalanta respectively, but Klopp was not willing to talk about that meeting on Saturday.
“I am not really in a Manchester City mode at the minute,” he said.
“I do not like to talk about it. Do I like what he says about my players?
“I do not know how he could have known about the incident so quickly after the game.
“We can say the words Manchester City, I don’t think of them in the moment, why should I?
“The story the boys wrote in the last three years was only possible because we are always focused on the next game completely with all we have.
“Nobody thinks in this moment and I don’t have to tell them that City is on Sunday and tomorrow is Genk.”