Mane tells Pep: I will 'dive' again

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Liverpool superstar Sadio Mane has hit back at Pep Guardiola's controversial diving comments ahead of their highly anticipated top of the table Premier League clash this weekend.

The Senegal ace received a booking against Aston Villa for diving last weekend before going on to score a stoppage-time winner.

And his actions drew criticism from Guardiola as they maintained their lead at the summit of the English top-flight.

However, Mane has since defended his style of play claiming if it's within the laws of the game, he will continue to do whatever it takes to gain his side an advantage.

"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," Mane said, as per Sky Sports.

"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.

"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.

"The only thing I can say I will be for sure ready for the team, to give everything possible, and to help my team."

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The 2019 AFCON finalist went on to suggest that the Spaniard's comments is down to mind games ahead of their meeting on Sunday - as officials would now offer him special attention.

"I think it's a bit clever from him 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.

"No it doesn't make anything [motivation-wise] for me. Even though I saw him commenting about it, what he said, for me, I think it's positive."