Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola, has branded Liverpool’s Sadio Mane “a diver” ahead of their meeting this weekend.
Mane scored a last-gasp winner in the Reds’ 2-1 victory over Aston Villa on Saturday.
The victory ensured Jurgen Klopp’s men remain six points clear of City at the top of the table.
The Senegal international also picked up a booking for diving at Villa Park.
And Guardiola, speaking after City’s 2-1 win over Southampton, took a swipe at the forward.
“It’s happened a lot for Liverpool in the last years [scoring late on]. It’s because he’s a special talent,” Guardiola said of Mane on the BBC.
“Sometimes he’s diving, sometimes he has this talent to score incredible goals in the last minute. He’s a talent.
“If it’s one time, two times, ‘we were lucky, we were lucky’, but it happened in the last two seasons many, many times – they have a special character to do that.
“We look at ourselves, we know which team we face, I think they have won 10 and drawn one. Next week we go to Anfield to try to play them.”