Liverpool fans react to Pep Guardiola comments

Sadio Mane of Liverpool and Eric Dier of Tottenham Hotspur

Liverpool welcome Pep Guardiola's Manchester City to Anfield next weekend.

Manchester City's Spanish manager Pep Guardiola (R) greets Crystal Palace's English manager Roy Hodgson before the English Premier League football match between Manchester City and Crystal...

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.

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.

Pep Guardiola, Manager of Manchester City reacts during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Aston Villa at Etihad Stadium on October 26, 2019 in Manchester, United Kingdom.

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