A Liverpool win and they’re nine points clear. A City win and it’s back to three points.
In fact, it’s so huge that was all Pep Guardiola could think about after his side had just produced a late fightback to beat Southampton at the Etihad.
Asked about Liverpool’s even more dramatic win against Aston Villa, Guardiola bizarrely decided to take aim at the match-winner at Villa Park, Sadio Mane.
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"It has happened many times, what Liverpool have done, in the last few years, it's because (Mane) is a special talent," Guardiola told BBC Sport.
Sometimes he's diving, sometimes he has this talent to score incredible goals in the last minute. He's a talent.
Mane was booked for a dive in the penalty area against Villa - and was accused of going down easily for Liverpool's penalties against Leicester and Tottenham recently - but surely that’s uncalled for from Pep.
It’s certainly an interesting comment to make just eight days before Liverpool and City face each other.
It angered Liverpool fans but it also gave them an idea.
Back in 2012, David Moyes did something similar before a Merseyside derby. He picked out Luis Suarez and claimed he was a diver.
Moyes claimed that divers were turning fans away from football and said: “I would (be concerned about Suarez) because I think he has got history.”
Two days later, Suarez scored at Goodison Park and celebrated with a salmon dive in front of Moyes.
And now, Liverpool fans are urging Mane to do exactly the same thing in front of Guardiola if he scores next week.
Just imagine how epic that would be.
Seeing the look on Guardiola’s face as Mane jumps to the floor right in front of him.
Please make it happen, Sadio.News Now - Sport News