Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has said that it was “unlucky” for Reds midfielder Sadio Mane to be sent off in their match against Manchester City in the Premier league.
Although Ederson suffered a facial injury that required lengthy treatment., the collision itself was accidental as Mane was also focusing on the ball throughout. Still, his challenge for the ball was high and fell under the guidelines for a dismissal for serious foul play.
Ederson had to leave the pitch on a stretcher and was replaced by Claudio Bravo, and underwent an examination at a medical centre at the nearby Etihad Campus. It was confirmed that he had suffered neither concussion nor a fracture to his cheekbone.
“It is not broken the bone. That is important,” said City coach Pep Guardiola. “He will be more beautiful after that. Hopefully he can come back soon but maybe he will not play in the next game [against Feyenoord in the Champions League on Wednesday].”
Klopp disagreed with the decision to sent off Mane, after the game-changing moment led to the heaviest defeat he suffered since taking charge of Liverpool in October 2015.
“[It was] an accident. Very unlucky,” he said. “I was outside with Pep and we both didn’t think it’s a red card. Everyone knows he didn’t see the goalie. He just wanted to get the ball as soon as possible.”
However, the German manager has indicated that he would not appeal against the decision — one that allowed Manchester City to run riot at the Etihad and destroy the Merseyside team by 5-0.
Asked if he would look to overturn the ban, Klopp asked: “Can we? What would be your advice? So it never works. It would be another waste of time, like the game today.”
Klopp also added that Mane was upset about the red card that effectively rules him out of next Saturday’s visit of Burnley and two matches against Leicester City, in the League Cup and the Premier League, but the former Southampton midfielder is clear to feature for Liverpool against Sevilla at the same time City hosts Feyenoord.