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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp reacted to Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola after he accused Sadio Mane of being a sub.

Mane, Liverpool and Senegal striker, was booked at Aston Villa on Saturday for the simulation, before scoring a header in time to secure a 2-1 win for the Reds.

Guardiola, speaking after the City's victory against Southampton on Saturday, reacted by saying "sometimes Mane's dives, sometimes he has this talent to score incredible goals at the last minute".

But his words did not go well with Klopp, who said: "At the moment I'm not really in the mood of Man City.

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"Do I like it about one of my players? I'm not even 100% sure if he was talking about Sadio (Mane) or us in general. I didn't hear the name of Sadio.

"I don't know how he could have known about any incidents in the game so quickly after (their game against Southampton).

"Sadio is not a diver. In the Aston Villa game there was a situation where he had a contact and fell. Perhaps it was not a penalty but he was a contact – it is not like jumping on a leg and behave as if it hit you ".

This is not the first time Mane has been examined for going down too easily this season.

The former Southampton striker won late penalties for Liverpool in narrow victories over Leicester and Tottenham last month.

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Pep Guardiola accused Sadio Mane of diving.
Pep Guardiola accused Sadio Mane of diving.Source: Getty Images

But Klopp, speaking for Tuesday's Champions League match against Belgian Genk, said Mane is not a crook.

"All the other penalties were penalties because they were in that situation and stayed there," Klopp added.

"I am sure that if something like this should happen for Man City he would like to have a penalty because someone kicked a player in the box and it is a penalty."

"I'm absolutely not in the mood to talk about Manchester City. I really want to talk about Genk or us, but not about Sunday's game."

This article was originally published by Sky Sports and reproduced with permission.

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