Liverpool forward Sadio Mane has expressed regrets for injuring Ederson’s face at Manchester City, but insisted he would not change his playing style despite being handed a straight red for the incident.
The red card also meant that Mane will miss Liverpool’s next three domestic matches, after an appeal against the length of his suspension rejected by the Football Association.
The Senegalese International will not be available for selection in Liverpool’s Saturday’s home game against Burnley plus two trips to Leicester City, in the Carabao Cup and league next week.
Mane had since apologised to the City goalkeeper for what he says was an accidental collision, one that forced Ederson off on a stretcher after eight minutes of treatment and also required eight stitches to a gruesome facial injury, but was clear in that he would not back off in the case of another challenge against an opposing goalkeeper.
“I think the next time I will get the ball before him, I will do my best,” Mane said. “My intention was not to hurt the goalkeeper. It was bad and I wish him the recovery to come back healthy. I am happy for him that he could play again [against Feyenoord on Wednesday] and help his team.”
“It is not what I wish. I think it was a challenge for the ball. I made contact and it was not what I wanted to do so I apologised to him. It is part of football and I cannot change anything. I don’t have his number so I just posted messages for him and I think he has seen them.”
Meanwhile, Liverpool may just be able to fill the void left by Mane with the returning Philippe Coutinho, who made his first Liverpool appearance in this season against Sevilla mid-week since Pushing for a move to FC Barcelona.
“It is always nice to welcome him back because he is one of our best players,” Mane said of Coutinho. “He will not only help my game but I think he is a very important player for Liverpool and he will help us to get better and better.”
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