Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has revealed he didn't speak to Zack Steffen after his FA Cup semi-final "accident" against Liverpool.
Guardiola gave Steffen the nod over first-choice Ederson at Wembley. The back-up goalkeeper hadn't played for his club since the last round of the competition and it showed when he dilly-dallied in his six-yard box and allowed Sadio Mane to pounce, with the ball ending up in the back of the net.
Despite the error proving costly in the 3-2 defeat, Guardiola backed Steffen and was confident he will bounce back of his own accord. "It was an accident," the Spaniard declared.
"One of the strong points is try to play [out] and as a 'keeper he has this quality. It was an accident and he will learn for the future.
"When the ball is there it can always happen. I have spoken with the team not him personally but he is strong."
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Guardiola's counterpart Jurgen Klopp also stuck up for the United States shot stopper, preferring to focus on Mane's smart play rather than it being his mistake.
"The first goal, I love it. I don't like much about the fact that the goalie will get some criticism for it. It's not about that. Zack can do what he wants in that situation, like Ederson did a week ago," said Klopp.
"If you want to play football, these kind of things happen. The acceleration of Sadio, the desire to get there was really, really great."
Guardiola has often faced criticism for his team selection in key games. He stuck by Steffen, who has been his go-to in domestic cup competitions, despite facing a side the magnitude of Liverpool.
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