Date Posted: Sunday 3rd November 2019 8:26
Jurgen Klopp defended Sadio Mane after the Liverpool striker received a reserve for diving against Aston Villa.
Mane helped draw and scored the winner as Liverpool came from behind and beat Villa on Saturday.
The Senegalese received a yellow card for simulation in the first half, collapsing under pressure from defender Frederic Guilbert.
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola certainly noticed, but Klopp was more interested in Mane's answer.
Asked about his emotions after the goal, Klopp replied: “The best possible in football. Really satisfactory.
"The routine, we tried a few times before and thought it could be a space where we could take a little advantage. It wasn't the only routine we had, but it was one I saw in the game two or three times before.
"We worked on it yesterday and if you can use it at a very decisive moment, it's very good.
"Sadio crossed the ball for Robbo's goal. Being there for that goal after the situations he had in the game when he got a yellow card – I think when you see him back, it is certain that he is not diving, there is contact, but It is the decision you must accept.
“At the moment, the crowd takes you a little and tries to make you even more insecure – but that is obviously not possible with Sadio.
“He remained in the game, received the yellow card, but still remained in the game, even on the defensive. Very good."