Guardiola aims dig at 'diving' Mane ahead of Liverpool vs Man City clash

Guardiola aims dig at 'diving' Mane ahead of Liverpool vs Man City clash

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has accused Liverpool's Sadio Mane of diving, as the two sides prepare for a face-off next weekend. 

The Spaniard's comment might potentially spark off a war of words with his Liverpool counterpart ahead of the top-of-the-table clash, which might have an impact on the Premier League race. 

Mane was the hero on Saturday away to Aston Villa as he scored a 95th-minute header to give Liverpool all the three points, having battled from a goal down with three minutes of normal time left. 

City, on the other hand, battled to a similar scoreline win at home against a resilient Souhtmpaton, with their goals coming in the last 15 minutes to keep up with Klopp's men. 

Mane was booked against the Villains for simulation inside the box, something that sparked debate, especially on social media. 

The Senegalese has been on the spot a number of times now over 'diving' accusations, and Guardiola waded into the debate with a thinly-veiled attack. 

"It happened many times for Liverpool in the last [two] years. It's because he's a special talent," Klopp told BBC.

"Sometimes he's diving; sometimes he has this talent to score incredible goals in the last minute. He's a talent," he added. 

"So when it's 'one time, two times, 'we were lucky, we were lucky', but it happened in the last two seasons many, many times, they have a special character to do that."

Liverpool have won a number of matches deep into injury time, and Guardiola believes this is a special character that can easily win them the title. 

They lead the standings on 31 points, six ahead of the defending Champions.