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Liverpool Legend Called Pep Guardiola 'Petulant And Pathetic'

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Pep Guardiola made most Liverpool fans in the world quite angry by deeming Sadio Mane a diver ahead of their clash with Manchester City.

But, at the end of the day, Mane had the last laugh, scoring a diving header to give Liverpool the ultimate lead and beat the Citizens 3-1 to keep holding on to the top of the table.

Hence, former Liverpool legend John Aldridge made the most of the opportunity to blast the Spanish boss for his comments, while lauding Jurgen Klopp's side's performances vs their biggest rivals of the season:

“The Reds were the more clinical of the two sides and the three goals were all exceptional in their own right. The first one from Fabinho really set the tone and I'd like to see him shooting more often if he's got that in his locker! The second one was a 'dream goal'. The two cross-field passes and the header.

It was an amazing piece of football and, in many ways, summed up the way we play and the strengths of our two full-backs. I believe there is no better full-back pairing in world football at the moment and that includes the international scene, Trent (Alexander-Arnold) and Robbo (Andy Robertson) really have given this side a new dimension in their attacking play," Aldridge told the Liverpool Echo.

The former striker went on to thrash Guardiola's comments about Sadio Mane, also making fun of him because of his tantrum at the referee over an alleged no-called penalty:

"And for the third goal which put it to bed, Jordan Henderson deserves all the credit in the world for his run and cross and it was great to see Sadio Mane get on the end of it with a diving header, which was quite ironic given Pep Guardiola's pathetic comments about him the week before (...) Pep Guardiola certainly showed his petulant side with his antics on the touchline and after the match. 

I think Manchester City are so used to getting their own way most of the time that they don't know how to react when things go against them and they behaved like spoilt kids really. I understand their frustrations on the touchline because I've been there myself but the way. Guardiola and (Mikel) Arteta were carrying on, as well as (Raheem) Sterling and (Kyler) Walker, it was like watching dummies being thrown out of the pram," he concluded.

Now, Liverpool are comfortably resting at the top of the table, with the Citizens trailing by 8 points in what looks like a lost race for back-to-back Premier League titles.