Jurgen Klopp hits back at Pep Guardiola over Sadio Mane 'diving' criticism

Jurgen Klopp hits back at Pep Guardiola over Sadio Mane 'diving' criticism

Jurgen Klopp hits back at Pep Guardiola over Sadio Mane 'diving' criticism

David Silva is not in the squad after he suffered a muscular problem during Saturday's 2-1 win over Southampton.

"It always means you get chances and I think we definitely deserved the equaliser based on the second half, and obviously to get the win is something we will definitely take".

With a five-point lead over Dinamo Zagreb and Shakhtar Donetsk, a win for City would guarantee progress to the knockout stages.

"Of course like Jurgen said he knows Sadio better than me".

He added: "Another close Liverpool win?"

"The first half was very even, up until 3-1".

"It's a tight turnaround, but we'll prepare as best we can".

Boss Guardiola selects Ederson in goal, while at the back he goes with Joao Cancelo and Bernard Mendy as full-backs.

As in the first game against City, the Italians had netted the first goal of the match.

Atalanta defender Rafael Toloi insisted that his side are in their rightful place among the European elite.

"Teams are prepared so differently these days and everything is fine-tuned and analysed in such a scientific way that managers have so much more information to work with than they had in my days as a player. We know that with our fans at home we can do well".

Duván Zapata still remains absent for Atalanta with an abductor injury.

Without him, the team have looked to his countryman Luis Muriel, who has eight goals to his name this season. "It really is very satisfying, and the victor was from a corner-kick routine that we have tried a few times", said the Liverpool manager, who celebrated on the Villa Park pitch with his players after the full-time whistle.

The two sides have midweek UEFA Champions League commitments to negotiate before the Anfield showdown.

Bravo would be required to make his first league appearance of the season if Ederson isn't fit.

Instead, the failings that have characterised their season were back in evidence as a lack of goal threat and one moment of slack defending inflicted a fourth Premier League defeat in 11 games.

The gap between leader Liverpool and second-placed City stayed at six points, but only after some late drama. We have big ambitions in the Champions League and it's an open group.

City come into this one having won 10 of their last 11 games in all competitions. Bernardo Silva, Kevin De Bruyne, Raheem Sterling and Riyad Mahrez also play.

Speaking a press conference at the San Siro, Guardiola said: "What Liverpool have done in the last season and this season, many, many times, is because they have this incredible quality and incredible talent to fight until the end".

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