Pep Guardiola has explained how his children tell him Liverpool are lucky, but he corrects them…
The Spaniard was expanding on his comments following the weekend where he branded Sadio Mane a diver – which made Jurgen Klopp very annoyed.
Manchester City’s manager has explained how he is in the wrong for thinking as much and that Klopp knows his players better.
“My son and my daughter always when Liverpool win in the last minutes say Liverpool are lucky. I tell them not. What Liverpool has done this season and last season many times is because they have this incredible quality to fight until the end,” he told Manchester Evening News.
“That’s why I said to my players – not just my son and daughter- that it is not lucky. Sometimes at 94 minutes against Leicester with the penalty it was like ‘wow’.
“That was the intention for my comment but it was far from my intention to say that Sadio Mane is that type of player. Even with that, the ref and the VAR said penalty. Maybe I was wrong to think it wasn’t a penalty.
“I was the wrong guy to think it wasn’t a penalty, like Jurgen says he knows Sadio better than me. With Jurgen he tries to be positive, when he says it’s not like this.”
Whatever Pep is trying to do here – especially bringing his kids into it – it’s quite strange!
We really don’t think Klopp and his squad of Reds are going to get drawn into any mind-games, though.
The team got through Genk last night without any injuries and now have the rest of the week to prepare physically and mentally for City’s Anfield visit on Sunday.
A win will put Liverpool nine points clear, but a loss will reduce the deficit to just three.
To say it’s the game of the season so far would be a massive understatement.