Sadio Mane Jokes That He'll Dive Again After Pep Guardiola Criticism
Sadio Mane has responded to Pep Guardiola's jibe about his diving by claiming he will do it again and saying that mentioning it was a 'clever' way of getting the referee's 'attention.'
Guardiola's Manchester City face Mane's Liverpool on Sunday in a top of the table Premier League clash that already seems must win for City thanks to the six point lead their rivals have over them.
The City manager kicked off the build up on Saturday claiming Liverpool's unbeaten record this season was down to luck by saying, "Sometimes it is diving, sometimes it is this talent to score incredible goals in the last minute."
Mane was booked for diving in Liverpool's late win over Aston Villa at the weekend and speaking on Wednesday the Senegal forward said he'd dive again, saying, "If it could be a penalty for sure I will 'dive' again. If the 'dive' will give me a penalty then I will do it! Why not? But what Jurgen said is correct. I do not dive.
"There was contact [at Villa] for sure. Maybe it was not a penalty and he didn't give it, and he gave me a yellow card. To be honest I don't have any problem about it.
"It's what I want to keep doing. If I get a penalty, yeah it's a penalty. If no penalty, no penalty, but [it] will never change the way I'm playing or the way I'm doing my things."
The former Southampton player also claimed that Guardiola knew exactly what he was doing when he made the comments on the weekend, adding, "I think it's a bit clever from him to get the attention of the referee but I will just play my football like I'm always doing. I don't pay attention to what he's saying because it's part of football.
"No it doesn't make anything [motivation-wise] for me. Even though I saw him commenting about it, what he said, for me, I think it's positive."
Liverpool's loss to City in January was the last time they lost in the league and ultimately cost them the league title last season, finishing just one point behind the champions.
This season they've only dropped points in their draw against Manchester United at Old Trafford whilst their visitors on Sunday have lost twice, to Wolves and Norwich, and drawn once, with Spurs.
The Reds have had a few close calls in recent weeks and have been helped by late goals and some penalties but that is often a mark of champions.
Who will win on Sunday?