Ahead of the two sides’ crunch showdown in the English Premier League (PL) on Sunday, Liverpool Senegalese in-form forward Sadio Mane said he will not change his style of play despite accusation of "diving" from Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola.
"If it could be a penalty for sure I will 'dive' again,” Mane told a press conference on Thursday November 7th. Mane revealed that that If the 'dive' will give him a penalty then he will do it.
"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,” he said.
Mane, 27, said that he will not alter his playing style as it is what he wants 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."
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola claimed that Liverpool players are clever in diving inside the area to win a penalty especially after the Senegal international Mane was booked for going down in the penalty area following a challenge by Aston Villa's Frederic Guilbert.
"It's is a special talent," stated Guardiola, when he was asked about Liverpool's impressive ability to snatch late goals to win matches. "Sometimes it's diving, sometimes it's a talent to score incredible goals in the last minute."
Guardiola's statements were seen as the start of mind games leading up to Sunday's Anfield clash and Mane said the City boss had been a "bit clever" to get the attention of the referee.
English PL leaders, Liverpool will host their current runners-up and title holders Manchester City at Anfield stadium on Sunday.
Liverpool are in the table’s lead with 31 points, six points over Man City.