Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp, has fired shots ahead of Manchester United’s trip to Anfield next weekend, comparing penalty records after his side was denied two penalties in 1-0 defeat at Southampton on Monday.
Danny Ings netted a second-minute strike against his former club, to end their 12-game unbeaten run in the Premier League.
Klopp was furious his side were not awarded either of their two second-half penalty appeals.
A Kyle Walker-Peters challenge on Sadio Mane and Jack Stephens’ handball went unpunished by referee Andre Marriner.
Liverpool remain top ahead of United on goal difference, but the champions could be replaced as outright Premier League leaders by January 17, when they clash at Anfield.
And it appears the mind games have begun already ahead of the mouth-watering top-of-the-table clash, with Klopp questioning officiating over recent seasons, saying United “had more penalties in two years than I had in five-and-a-half years”.
“If anybody ever again will say Sadio Mane is a ‘diver’, it’s the biggest joke in the world,” Klopp told Sky Sports.
“This boy tries to stay on his feet with all he has. In two situations… other teams will get a penalty for it, let me say it like this. Then the handball, I don’t know who will explain that to me.”