Klopp laments Mane red card in Man City defeat

Posted September 10, 2017

De Bruyne created goals for Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus and had a hand in one of Leroy Sane's two strikes as City recorded their biggest win over Liverpool since March 1937.

Jonathan is ESPN FC's Manchester City correspondent.

City ran out 5-0 winners against Liverpool in the end, and Carragher was not impressed either with Klopp overlooking Lovren when changing to a back three later in the game.

"We both had chances, but the game was equal".

"It was hard, but we could have done better in the second half". It was the Argentine's 124th league goal, making him the most prolific non-European goalscorer to have played in the Premier League, as he broke former Trinidad and Tobago striker Dwight Yorke's record of 123 goals.

The Reds began the contest brightly at Etihad Stadium, but Sadio Mane's sending-off for a high foot on goalkeeper Ederson just after the half-hour dealt their plans a decisive blow. Referee Moss is quick to show a red card.

Jurgen Klopp believes that Sadio Mane's red card against Manchester City was unfortunate, yet says appealing the midfielder's ban would be a "waste of time".

"I don't know what he thought, I only said to the fourth official I thought it was not a red". "It was unlucky, it was an accident". The keeper comes out. "I hope people see it for what it is".

With a ball bouncing between Mane and City goalkeeper Ederson, the Reds forward accidentally connected with the stopper's jaw and forced a lengthy spell of treatment on the pitch.

Pep Guardiola's side had a 2nd goal eliminated for offside after Aguero's toe-poke was chalked off however they did get their third mins later when Fernandinho released Aguero, who unselfishly settled for Jesus to transform previous Mignolet. At 1-0 it was 11 versus 11 and it was a moment when we were in possession, everything was good.

"We must make sure, if it happens again, we do better with 10 men than we did", he added.

"What we also need to learn from the first half is that we need to influence the game in another direction, we need to score here. Everybody saw it", he said.

Mane was given the marching order and Liverpool collapsed to a 5-0 defeat.

After the match, Guardiola told reporters: "I spoke to the doctor and he said it's not a broken bone, so that is of course so important".