By 90Min
November 05, 2019

Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp has fired back at Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola as the pair continue their war of words in the buildup to their Premier League meeting on Sunday.

Guardiola recently suggested that Sadio Mané is a diver, causing Klopp to leap to his winger's defence. The German was initially eager to avoid clashing with Guardiola, but has since been unable to hold his tongue.

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Speaking ahead of Liverpool's meeting with Genk on Tuesday (via Metro), Klopp continued to defend Mané but could not resist taking a sly dig at City's use of tactical fouls - a tactic which has been criticised.

"I couldn’t really believe it to be honest and then I saw [Guardiola's comments]," Klopp explained. "I am not sure if Pep spoke in that moment about Sadio or the team – both is not too nice to be honest.

"I am not too sure if I want to put oil on the fire. I am not interested in these kind of things. And I promise not to mention tactical fouls!

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"That is maybe already too much. I can say Sadio is not a diver. There was a situation in the Aston Villa game where he got contact and went down.

"Maybe it was not a penalty but there was contact. It’s not like jumping over a leg and [acting] like he hit you or whatever. All the other penalties were penalties because he was in that situation."

City's trip to Anfield is set to be one of the biggest games of the Premier League season, but Klopp was adamant that he is only thinking about Genk.

"I don't understand these types of things. My brain is not big enough to think about another team as well," Klopp explained (via the Evening Standard). 

"I have enough to do to think about us and deal with all these things. [On Tuesday] we play Genk and that deserves all my attention and gets it. After that we can speak about Manchester City."


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