Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola are both waving white flags for a mess they started a few days back.
Pep started the feud by calling Sadio Mane a diver. Klopp retorted by calling out the City boss’ habit of making tactical fouls and thus began the war of words.
However, two days before the game both managers seem interested to douse the flames rather than create a hostile environment. Pep explained his comments about Mane and Klopp accepted them graciously while also apologising for his tactical fouling comments.
“I am in the same situation as him: we constantly get asked questions and sometimes we say at that second what is in our minds without thinking about anything else,” Klopp told Sky Sports. “He explained it well, he said when he speaks to his kids it’s like this, was it a penalty or not – that’s a discussion they had at home.
“I am completely fine with that. I couldn’t have more respect for Pep Guardiola, I’ve known him for so long. It’s still a big thing to be his contender. To me, he’s the best manager in the world and we have the chance to win against his team, which is very difficult but it’s possible. We’ve had a few good results against them so from my side there is nothing but respect.”
Liverpool host Manchester City on Sunday night in what can be a crucial match for the league title. The Reds are already six points ahead of the defending Premier League champions and could extend the gap to nine if Pep’s men suffer a defeat at Anfield.