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‘I’m sick of it’ – Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp fumes over Sadio Mane accusations in 2-0 victory over Arsenal

‘I’m sick of it’ – Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp fumes over Sadio Mane accusations in 2-0 victory over Arsenal

Jurgen Klopp has urged for Sadio Mane to be given extra protection after the Liverpool forward was accused of diving.

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Mane played 90 minutes in Liverpool’s 2-0 win over Arsenal on Wednesday, bringing the Reds to within a point of City at the top of the Premier League table.

Diogo Jota and Roberto Firmino scored in the second half to help Liverpool win their ninth consecutive game and tighten the distance on Pep Guardiola’s side, but Klopp was frustrated by some of the calls that went against Mane.

And the manager lashed out at allegations that the Senegal star gives up too quickly, as he pleaded with match officials for more assistance for his No.10 in the future.

“The situation with Sadio Mane, I am sick of it!” Klopp said.

“I just am sick of it that you take a player out of it and they could have done what they wanted, everything. They fouled him and he didn’t get fouled. That was what I was talking about. It was nothing to do with the game. I have no idea.

“Maybe someone can explain to me why Sadio doesn’t get free-kicks. Don’t tell me he is a diver or whatever, he is not. I know him better than anyone else and he is not!

“Maybe if he has one, it is not a clear foul but it is always like this. Maybe there is a little contact and he goes down but then you see it in the situation. Or for the proper [fouls] he doesn’t get them and that is what I don’t like.

“Not enough protection? Whatever you want to make of it, just look at the situations and tell me that it is not always a foul.”

Klopp continued: “And then you have Ben White over in the corner, Sadio pressed him and then he kicks the ball out more or less. There is no contact, but it is still a free-kick for Arsenal, so it is smart from Ben White.

“But if Sadio is doing that, the whole stadium is on their toes and the referee is [thinking] ‘oh my god.’ I am sick of it and that is why I was a bit angry [on the sidelines].”

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