Liverpool legend John Aldridge thinks it was “great to see” Sadio Mane score against Manchester City on Sunday after Pep Guardiola’s comments the previous week.
Guardiola fanned the flames in the week before City’s 3-1 loss to the Reds at Anfield with comments that labelled Liverpool striker Mane as a diver.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp responded by referencing tactical fouling, a ploy City have been accused of in the past.
And former Liverpool striker Aldridge was pleased to see Mane on the scoresheet with a “diving header”.
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“The Reds were the more clinical of the two sides and the three goals were all exceptional in their own right,” Aldridge wrote in his Liverpool Echo column.
“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.
“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.
“It was really good afternoon for Liverpool, the only slight drawback was again we weren’t able to keep a clean sheet and that is something we really need to get back to as we haven’t had one at Anfield yet this season, and only three away from home.”