Ahead of their hugely anticipated trip to Anfield this weekend, neither side has pulled any punches in regards to the media, with the Pep Guardiola-Sadio Mane diving saga showing no sign of ending.
The Sky Blues have a chance to reduce the gap at the top of the table to three points with victory at Liverpool, whilst also putting an end to their long unbeaten run on Merseyside – stretching back to April 2017.
Who should be starting for Manchester City, Sergio Aguero or Gabriel Jesus?
In the build up to City’s most crucial game of the season so far, manager Guardiola recently took a swipe at Reds star Mane, accusing the Senegalese forward of being a diver.
Responding to the accusations, as quoted by the Guardian via City Chief, Mane seemed unfazed by the Spaniard’s choice of words and open about the fact he could potentially simulate a penalty in future.
“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 to get it back. Why not? But what Jürgen said is correct. I do not dive.”
In response, City supporters did not hold back, having their say below.
Is that not a straight up admission to cheating.
— 🐝🐝 Fil 🐝🐝 (@AVIT95231002) November 7, 2019
— KOmat (@komatsola) November 7, 2019
In the same statement he both said he would dive again, and that he doesn’t dive. pic.twitter.com/MFwNbAPrwu
— White Mike (@Mikael__Lucas) November 7, 2019
Perfect player for liverpool.
— . (@bis2_m) November 7, 2019
Wow! Poor mentality.
— Kweku (@YungHusband_) November 7, 2019
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So he’s not a diver, but he will dive 🤦♂️ pic.twitter.com/CtMdg5D02U
— Lee Simpson (@SimoMCFC) November 7, 2019