Pep Guardiola Backtracks on His Claims That Sadio Mane is a Diver

Sadio Mane

Gabriel Jesus tamely missed a 43rd-minute penalty - an untimely reminder of his side's frailties from the spot given Riyad Mahrez blazed over during last season's goalless draw at Liverpool.

Jurgen Klopp hopes to meet Seán Cox this weekend when the Meathman is a guest at Liverpool's Premier League game against Manchester City at Anfield.

Pep Guardiola admitted that he may have been wrong to hint that Sadio Mane was a diver as he admitted that Liverpool's late-game heroics come down to skill, not luck.

If it could be a penalty for sure I will "dive" again.

Mane has won Liverpool match-winning late penalties against Leicester and Tottenham already this season but Guardiola pointed out his critique of the Senegal star came alongside compliments for Liverpool, who are six points clear of City in the Premier League.

The former FC Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss appeared to accuse the Senegal global of going to ground too easily in a recent interview, comments Jurgen Klopp responded to by denying his claims.

"The only thing I can say I will be ready for the team, to give everything possible, and to help my team". Far away from my intention to say Sadio is this type of player because I admire him a lot.

On that barren run stretching back 16-and-a-half years, he added: "It's for you guy to keep track, I don't care". Why not? But what coach Jurgen (Klopp) said is correct.

"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.

"I'm in exactly the same situation as him", Klopp said. My son and my daughter, when they win in the last minutes, they ask me how lucky they are. He has got one eye on Liverpool, but I don't think Liverpool have got one eye on him or City.

Former Arsenal midfielder Merson believes Liverpool FC will beat Manchester City if the Citizens allow the Premier League clash to become end-to-end at Anfield. "He didn't feel comfortable in the last minutes and that's why we decided to make a substitution".



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