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Former Liverpool midfielder Danny Murphy says, Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola might regret labelling Sadio Mane a “driver”.
Guardiola made the comment following Liverpool’s victory against Aston Villa, in which Mane scored the winner but also picked up a booking for simulation.
“I don’t think Pep went into [the press conference] with that in his head, I think he was just triggered by a question about the result at Villa Park and it’s just come out,” Murphy told talkSPORT. “In hindsight, he might look back on that and think, ‘I wish I hadn’t said that’. If I was him, the last thing I’d want to do is wind up the best player in the Premier League at the moment and before you play him next week. Mane is playing incredibly well and if it does spur him on a little bit more, then why take the risk?”
Manchester City take on Liverpool on Sunday, November 10.