Pep Guardiola accuses Liverpool players of ‘sometimes diving’
Pep Guardiola, Manchester City boss accuses Liverpool players of sometimes diving to win games. This he said days before the two teams meet an Anfield.
Premier League leaders, Liverpool, hosts the reigning Champions on the 10th of November.
Speaking after City’s 2-1 win over Southampton, Guardiola told BBC, “Sometimes it is diving, sometimes it is a talent to score incredible goals in the last minute.”
Mane was booked by referee Jonathan Moss in the first half on Saturday for simulation after falling inside the penalty area next to Villa defender, Frederic Guilbert.
Liverpool was trailing 1-0 at the time. However, the club equalized through Andrew Robertson after 87th minute before Mane’s dramatic 94th-minute winner.
City, who also came from 1-0 behind the beat Southampton 2-1 head to Liverpool six points behind the leaders.
City’s match finished several minted before Liverpool’s game at Villa.
Guardiola added, “We arrived in the locker room and it was 1-1 and after, it was 1-2. When we won, Liverpool still didn’t win. In the end, they again won.”
“What happened has happened not once, twice, it happened a lot of times. It’s because it’s a talent.”
“So, when they won many games in the last minute, it is because they are a special character.”
“The first season, when we won the treble with 100 points. We won four or five games in the last minutes.”
Last season, Cardiff City boss, Neil Warnock likened Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah to Olympic diver Tom Daley for the way the forward earned Liverpool a penalty against his side.
However, Jurgen Klopp, who felt Mane was unfortunate to be booked on Saturday, has always rejected claims of diving by his players.