Klopp Bites Back at Pep - 'I Won't Mention Tactical Fouls

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Klopp Bites Back at Pep - 'I Won't Mention Tactical Fouls

Jurgen Klopp has ironically promised "not to mention tactical fouls" in response to Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola's recent comments regarding Liverpool's Sadio Mane.

Guardiola ramped up tensions between the two teams ahead of Sunday’s top-of-the-table clash by accusing Mane going to ground too easily.

Guardiola told BBC Sport: "Sometimes he is diving, sometimes he has this talent to score incredible goals in the last minute. He's a talent."

Klopp has since defended Mane following Guardiola’s accusation, insisting that contact was made on the 27-year-old inside the box and he was “100 per cent sure” that City would call for a penalty in a similar situation.

The German was initially reluctant to speak further about his domestic title rivals but couldn’t resist having a dig at the City boss, suggesting the Premier League champions use tactical fouls to gain an advantage over their opponents.

“I am not sure if Pep spoke in that moment about Sadio or the team – both is not too nice to be honest,” Klopp told reporters at a news conference.

“I am not too sure if I want to put oil on the fire. I am not interested in these kind of things. And I promise not to mention tactical fouls.”

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