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Liverpool boss Klopp quashes Mane debate with Guardiola: It happens

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has put to bed his debate with Pep Guardiola about Sadio Mane.

Manchester City counterpart Guardiola said Mane 'sometimes dives' after he was booked for simulation in Saturday's win over Aston Villa.

Klopp leapt to the defence of Mane, but speaking before the two clubs meet on Sunday, the German said he has nothing but respect for Guardiola.

"I'm in exactly the same situation as him. We constantly get asked questions, and sometimes we say in that second what is on our mind, without thinking of anything else - that we're in public, that there's a camera.

"He explained it well, saying when he speaks to his kids, it's like this. It could be a penalty or not, and that's a discussion they had at home. I'm completely fine with it, and I couldn't have more respect for Pep Guardiola.

"I know him for so long, and for me it's still a big thing to be his contender. For me, he's the best manager in the world, and we have the chance to win against his team which is very difficult but possible which is enough for me. From my side, there is nothing but respect.

"Of course, you can't leave it completely without a comment, but I'm not interested. There's enough to write about before the game. It's not necessary for us to make it bigger by the things we say.

"If I could do it again I wouldn't have said it [the tactical fouls response]. It's just not necessary, and I know there's a lot of respect there and the rest will be decided on the pitch."

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