Man City Pep Guardiola accuses Liverpool forward Sadio Mane of diving ahead of the crucial Premier League tie on Sunday November 10
Man City manager Pep Guardiola says Liverpool players dive to win games as both teams prepare to face each other at Anfield.Premier League champions City visit current table-toppers on Sunday, November 10.
Sadio Mane's header won it for Reds in the 94th minute at Aston Villa last Saturday.
Speaking to BBC after City's 2-1 victory over Southampton, Pep Guardiola said: "Sometimes it is diving, sometimes it is this talent to score incredible goals in the last minute."
Pep Guardiola on Mane: 🗣 "He has a special talent, sometimes it's diving, sometimes it's scoring incredible goals in the last minute". 🙄 All i can say is we live rent free in his head!! Calling Mane a diver🤔🤣🤣 Bad move to wind Mane up #LIVMCI pic.twitter.com/08swOE77yO— JayLFC (@Jasonbranagan11) November 3, 2019
The Senegalese forward was shown the yellow card by referee Jonathan Moss in the first on Saturday for diving after going down inside the box close to Villa defender Frederic Guilbert.
Liverpool were behind 1-0 during that moment but levelled the score through Andrew Robertson in the 87 minutes before Mane's last-gasp 94th-minute winner.
City head to Liverpool six points off the Premier League leaders after coming from 1-0 down to beat Southampton 2-1.
City's game ended a few minutes before Liverpool's match at Villa and Guardiola added: "We arrived in the locker room and it was 1-1 and after it was 1-2.
"When we won, Liverpool still didn't win and at the end, again they won.
"What happened has happened not once, twice, it happened a lot of times - it is because it is a talent.
"So when they won many games in the last minutes, it is because they are a special character.
"The first season, when we won the treble, with 100 points, we won four or five games in the last minutes."
Similarly, Last season Cardiff City boss Neil Warnock also accused Liverpool's Mohamed Salah of diving comparing him to Olympic diver Tom Daley for the way the Egyptian forward won Liverpool a spot-kick against his side.
But Jurgen Klopp has always backed his players and felt Mane was wrongly booked on Saturday.