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Klopp hits back at Guardiola diving comments

Jurgen Klopp believes Pep Guardiola focuses much more on Liverpool than he himself does on Manchester City.

The two sides go head-to-head in what is already being billed as a Premier League title decider on Sunday and Guardiola seemed happy to start the mind games early when having a pop at Liverpool on Saturday.

In the immediate aftermath of City's 2-1 win over Southampton, which kept them six points behind their title rivals at the top of the table, Guardiola was aiming "diving" barbs at Sadio Mane.

Klopp, by contrast, insists it was at least 45 minutes after the final whistle of their added-time victory at Aston Villa - where Mane was booked for going down under a challenge from Frederic Guilbert - before he even learned of the day's other scores never mind look at the games in detail.

The German said he was not interested in talking about Manchester City, who visit Anfield on Sunday, with a Champions League game at home to Genk up first on Tuesday.

But when questioned about the timing of Guardiola's comments Klopp said: "When I come into the dressing room I don't come in and say 'What's the result of the other games?'

"I didn't think for one second about the other games. Then after the interviews: 'By the way, how did the other teams play?' then someone told me, City won in the 86th minute and all this happened.

"It was 45 minutes after the game when I heard the results of the other games."

Klopp refused to talk too much about the City game, insisting the most important thing at this moment, is the game against Genk, when Liverpool can move to within one point of qualification from the group if they get the win.

However, away from the television cameras the Liverpool manager showed he understood full well that the mind games had started and could not resist a dig of his own.

"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," he said in reference to an accusation regularly levelled at City by a number of top-flight managers and pundits.

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