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“I Will ‘Dive’ Again For A Penalty,” Mane Replies Pep Guardiola

Austin Papi

Liverpool forward, Sadio Mane, has responded to Pep Guardiola's "diving" accusation, saying he would not change his style of play and would continue to dive for a penalty.

Manchester City boss, Pep Guardiola, had made the claim last weekend that Mane dived when the Senegalese international was booked towards the end of the match for going down in the penalty area following a soft challenge by Aston Villa's Frederic Guilbert.

However, Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp, stood to the defence of his star player, which led to Guardiola going back on his earlier comments.

Guardiola apologised and explained that those words were just part of a longer speech and he went on to praise the forward.

"Far away from my intention to say Sadio is this type of player because I admire him a lot,” he stated.

Mane remained unfazed by Guardiola's earlier criticism and believed if there was contact he had a right to go down.

Ahead of both sides meeting at Anfield, Mane said to the Man City boss during an interview: "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! Why not? But what Jurgen said is correct. I do not dive.

"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 (with) it.

"It's what I want 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."