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  • David Tyrer

Guardiola can't help himself with a weird post-match dig at Liverpool

You'd think after his side had, much like ourselves, just come back from an early goal down to win 2-1 late in the second half when his team were far from their best, Pep would have bigger fish to fry than worrying about us.

But you'd be wrong. Because if we've learned one thing since Guardiola joined Jurgen Klopp on these shores it's that, despite what he says to the contrary, the Man City manager has always got one eye on what's going on over at Anfield. Klopp genuinely has him rattled.

And this season, the City boss is clearly more rattled than he's been since his managerial career began. He's so used to spending and spending and spending, until his teams sweep up all trophies laid out before him.

Since Jurgen Klopp has been able to build an LFC side in his own image though, Guardiola has rarely had it his own way. And last season, when Liverpool pushed his side to record-breaking feats and were crowned Champions of Europe, he didn't have it his own way.

Sure, Man City won the domestic treble, and few other sides stood up to them but Liverpool made it clear that they won't be the same pushovers as everybody else. Something they appear to be continuing this season.

Liverpool will go into the match at Anfield next Sunday sitting 6 points clear at the top of the table, with a chance to stretch their lead to 9 points.

But while Liverpool will be looking towards Genk in mid-week following tonight's match, Guardiola's immediate thoughts were of what was happening at Villa Park.

He said: "Sometimes he's (Mane) diving, sometimes he has this talent to score incredible goals in the last minute. He's a talent.

"It’s happened a lot for Liverpool in the last years [scoring late on] it’s because he’s a special talent."

In true Guardiola style though, he had to turn on a bit of the charm, and pay some credit to his team's title rivals, when he continued: "If it’s one time, two times, “we were lucky, we were lucky”, but it happened in the last two seasons many, many times – they have a special character to do that.

"We look at ourselves, we know which team we face, I think they have won 10 and drawn one… Next week we go to Anfield to try to play them."

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