Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola took a swipe at one Liverpool star today.
Speaking in a post-match interview after his side came from behind to beat Southampton 2-1 at Eastlands, the City manager found himself speaking about Reds star Sadio Mane.
Mane scored a 94th-minute winner at Aston Villa as Liverpool somehow turned defeat into victory to stay six points clear of Guardiola's side in the Premier League title race.
The Spanish manager said to BBC Sport: "It has happened many times, what Liverpool have done, in the last few years, 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.”
Anfield plays host to the Premier League champions next week in a huge clash which could potentially influence where the title goes.
If Liverpool win, Jurgen Klopp's side will boast a massive nine-point cushion over Guardiola's boys, who are going for a third successive title.
And Reds fans believe that his comments about Mane are an insight into how he's cracking up with the pressure.
Why is Pep talking about Mane at the Post Southampton press conference? https://t.co/5QPlMEtCIK— LFCZA ☝ (@LFCZA) November 2, 2019
Pep actually bringing up mane in his press conference has topped my day right off ... rent free, won’t sleep tonight— scousenatalie (@natalie_2917) November 2, 2019
Living in his badly head rent free YNWA— Firminos teeth (@Firminosteeth1) November 2, 2019
Someone’s feeling the pressure!— Andrew J. Naismith (@Gonk83) November 2, 2019
Pep said Mane dives but sometimes he's good... See the craic next week.— Nathan Farrell (@Mo_Farrell92) November 2, 2019
Rent free— eiffey92/6X (@eiffey921) November 2, 2019
Rent. Free.— Adam Reid Centers (@ReidCenters) November 2, 2019
It was a very strange thing to say and it's plausible that it is an attempt to spark the mind games ahead of such a huge game.
After all, the former Barcelona coach will know the repercussions of losing at Liverpool, so if he has to engage in the dark arts to some extent then he will feel justified.
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