Mane: Pep’s diving criticism won’t change my game

Raheem Sterling has scored 13 goals in 15 appearances in all competitions for City this season

Raheem Sterling has scored 13 goals in 15 appearances in all competitions for City this season

"What Liverpool has done the last season and this season many, many times last is because they've this incredible quality and his incredible talent to fight until the end".

Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp has fired back at Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola as the pair continue their war of words in the buildup to their Premier League meeting on Sunday.

Pep Guardiola admitted that he may have been wrong to hint that Sadio Mane was a diver as he admitted that Liverpool's late-game heroics come down to skill, not luck. "I do not dive", said Mane.

Premier League table-toppers Liverpool could extend their lead over City to nine points with victory on Merseyside.

Asked about Guardiola's comments on Wednesday, the Senegal global laughed off the comments, insisting he will not change the way he plays. If he thinks he can no longer get a scoring chance and also win a penalty, he's not going to hesitate to hit the deck if there was any contact whatsoever. He did past year something similar, where he was out for a game and then I think a couple of days later he was back on the pitch. Jurgen said he knows Sadio better than me. I don't pay attention to what he's saying because it's part of football.

'My son and my daughter, when they win in the last minutes, ask me how lucky they are. He has got one eye on Liverpool, but I don't think Liverpool have got one eye on him or City. If no penalty, no penalty, but [it] will never change the way I'm playing or the way I'm doing my things.

Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp has since refuted Guardiola's comments about Mane, but ex-City defender Micah Richards said the German's rebuttal reminded him of Kevin Keegan's infamous rant at Sir Alex Ferguson during the 1995/96 season.

This season they've only dropped points in their draw against Manchester United at Old Trafford whilst their visitors on Sunday have lost twice, to Wolves and Norwich, and drawn once, with Spurs. Even with that for Jurgen it [against Leicester] is a penalty, for the referee it was a penalty, for the VAR it was a penalty.

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