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Klopp fires back at Guardiola ahead of Premier League clash

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ENGLAND – Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp, has hit back at Pep Guardiola, after the Manchester City manager accused Sadio Mane of diving.

City face title rivals Liverpool this weekend and Guardiola has already started the mind-games ahead of the fixture.

Speaking over the weekend, Guardiola said: “It’s happened a lot for Liverpool in the last years [scoring late on].

“It’s because [Mane] is a special talent. Sometimes he’s diving, sometimes he has this talent to score incredible goals in the last minute. He’s a talent.”

Klopp has leapt to the defence of Mane, however, and insists the in-form Liverpool attack is “not a diver”.

Asked about Guardiola’s comments on Monday afternoon, the Reds boss told a press conference: “I am not in a Man City mood at the moment. I am not 100 per cent sure he only talks about Sadio.

“I don’t know how he could have known about the incident so soon after the game. But I can say, Sadio is not a diver.

“There was contact at Aston Villa, no penalty but there was contact. It’s not like he jumped over someone’s leg. All the other situations were penalties.

“If they happened for City they would want a penalty.”

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