Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has dismissed Manchester City counterpart Pep Guardiola's claim that Sadio Mane is a diver.
Mane was booked after going down in the area under a challenge by Frederic Guilbert before going on score a stoppage-time winner at Aston Villa on Saturday.
And afterwards City boss Guardiola claimed of the Senegal international: "Sometimes he's diving, sometimes he has this talent to score incredible goals in the last minute".
But Klopp brushed off his comments, saying: "I am not 100 per cent sure if he spoke about Sadio or us in general.
"I didn't hear Sadio's name or know how we could have known so quick about any incident in the game.
"I can say Sadio is not a diver. There was a situation in the Aston Villa game where he got contact and went down, maybe it was not a penalty but there was contact, it's not as if he jumped over a leg and went down."
Klopp refused to countenance talk about Sunday's clash with City - currently six points behind the Reds - with a Champions League home tie with Genk to negotiate.
"I am absolutely not in the mood today to talk about Man City," he added on Monday.
Asked if he was banning the words "Manchester City" until after Tuesday's ECL match Klopp said: "You can say the words Man City, you just cannot think about it."
Australian Associated Press