‘I promise not to mention tactical fouls’ – Klopp bites back at Guardiola’s ‘diving’ comments aimed at Mane – Goal.com
The Reds boss could not assist responding because the confrontation continues forward of their big Premier League conflict on Sunday
Jurgen Klopp has mockingly promised “to not point out tactical fouls” in response to Manchester Metropolis boss Pep Guardiola’s latest feedback concerning Liverpool’s Sadio Mane.
Guardiola ramped up tensions between the 2 groups forward of Sunday’s top-of-the-table conflict by accusing Mane of going to floor too simply.
The Senegal ahead was booked for simulation after happening below a problem by Frederic Guilbert throughout Saturday’s sport in opposition to Aston Villa.
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Guardiola advised BBC Sport: “Typically he’s diving, typically he has this expertise to attain unimaginable targets within the final minute. He is a expertise.”
Mane went on to attain a stoppage-time winner as Liverpool beat Villa 2-1 to keep up their six-point benefit over Metropolis, who themselves scored two late targets in a come-from-behind 2-1 win at house to Southampton.
Klopp has since defended Mane following Guardiola’s accusation, insisting that contact was made on the 27-year-old contained in the field and he was “100 per cent positive” that Metropolis would name for a penalty in an identical scenario.
The German was initially reluctant to talk additional about his home title rivals however couldn’t resist having a dig on the Metropolis boss, suggesting the Premier League champions use tactical fouls to achieve a bonus over their opponents.
“I’m not positive if Pep spoke in that second about Sadio or the staff – each isn’t too good to be sincere,” Klopp advised reporters at a information convention.
“Any individual confirmed it to me as a result of I needed to see it as everyone advised me about it…I couldn’t actually consider it to be sincere. Then I noticed it.
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“I’m not too positive if I wish to put oil on the hearth. I’m not serious about these sort of issues. And I promise to not point out tactical fouls.”
Either side are in Champions League motion in midweek forward of their assembly at Anfield.
Liverpool tackle Belgian aspect Genk on Tuesday whereas Metropolis can safe their place within the knockout phases with a victory away at Italian aspect Atalanta on Wednesday.