Liverpool’s Mane hits back at ‘clever’ Pep over ‘diving’ jibe

Sadio Mane thinks Pep Guardiola has been “a bit clever” by getting the “attention of the referee” ahead of Liverpool’s clash against Manchester City on Sunday.

City drew 1-1 against Serie A side Atalanta in the Champions League in Milan on Wednesday but that game has been overshadowed by the build-up to Sunday’s top-of-the-table Premier League clash at Anfield.

Guardiola fanned the flames last weekend with comments that labelled Liverpool striker Mane as a diver.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp responded by referencing tactical fouling, a ploy City have been accused of in the past.

City‘s boss clarified his comments on Wednesday and Mane thinks he was wrong to call him a diver.

“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 [Guardiola] 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.”


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