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    Monday, 4 November 2019

    Jurgen Klopp hits back at Guardiola for calling Sadio Mane a diver

    The Manchester City boss was quoted as saying "sometimes Mane is diving" after their win against Southampton last weekend

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    Mane, was booked at Aston Villa on Saturday for simulation, before scoring a header in stoppage-time to secure a 2-1 win for the Reds.

    And just moments after City’s win over Southampton, which finished at the same time as Liverpool’s game, Guardiola spoke about Mane in an interview to label him a diver.

    But his words did not go well with Klopp, who said: "I'm not really in a Man City mood at the moment.

    "Do I like that he says this about one of my players? I'm not even 100 per cent sure if he spoke about Sadio [Mane] or us in general. I didn't hear Sadio's name.

    "I don't know how he could have known about any incident in the game so quickly after [their game against Southampton].

    "Sadio is not a diver. There was a situation in the Aston Villa game where he got a contact and went down. Maybe it wasn't a penalty but there was contact - it's not like jumping over a leg and acting like he hit you."

    The former Southampton forward won late penalties for Liverpool in narrow victories over Leicester and Tottenham last month.

    But Klopp, speaking ahead of Tuesday's Champions League group game against Belgian side Genk, maintained that Mane is not a cheat.

    "All the other penalties were penalties because he was in that situation and stayed there," added Klopp.

    "I'm 100 sure if something like this would happen for Man City they would want to have a penalty because somebody kicked a player in the box and it's a penalty."

    "I'm absolutely not in the mood to talk about Manchester City. I really want to talk about Genk or us, but not about the game on Sunday."

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