Sadio Mane's theory on Pep Guardiola's dive jibe as Liverpool ace replies to Man City boss

Posted Thursday, November 07, 2019 by

Sadio Mane's theory on Pep Guardiola's dive jibe as Liverpool ace replies to Man City boss
Sadio Mane's theory on Pep Guardiola's dive jibe as Liverpool ace replies to Man City boss (Image: GETTY)

Liverpool star Sadio Mane was accused of diving by Pep Guardiola in claims since retracted by the Manchester City manager.

Liverpool star Sadio Mane thinks Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola marked him out as a diver to give Michael Oliver food for thought ahead of Sunday’s showdown at Anfield.

Guardiola accused the Senegalese forward of going to ground too easily after he was booked for simulation during Liverpool’s 2-1 win over Aston Villa last weekend.

The City manager has since backtracked on those comments but Mane believes the Spaniard was simply being crafty as the Premier League’s top two sides prepare to do battle.

Mane - who denies being a diver - reckons Guardiola wants Sunday’s referee Oliver to have diving on his mind if Mane goes down in the box at Anfield.

"The only thing I can say I will be for sure ready for the team, to give everything possible, and to help my team," said Mane.

"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 to get it back! Why not? But what Jurgen said is correct. I do not dive.

"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. Even though I saw him commenting about it, what he said, for me, I think it's positive."

Mane’s yellow card for simulation against Villa came after he won late penalties for Liverpool against Leicester and Tottenham this season.

He insists, though, that he was not wrong to go to ground under a challenge from Villa defender Frederic Guilbert at Villa Park.

"There was contact for sure," said Mane, when asked about being booked against Villa. "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. For sure it can happen in football and we have seen many people, some diving and get penalties, some got a penalty and the referee didn't give it.

"That's football. You have to deal with it. If I get a penalty, yeah it's a penalty. If no penalty, no penalty, but [it will] never anything wrong or change the way I'm playing or the way I'm doing my things."

Leaders Liverpool and second-place Manchester City are separated by six points as the Premier League title rivals gear up for Sunday’s scrap on Merseyside.

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