REPORT: Sadio Mané Sees Red As Manchester City Thrash Liverpool

REPORT: Sadio Mané Sees Red As Manchester City Thrash Liverpool
Sep 9, 2017

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Sadio Mané saw red as Manchester City put five past a feeble-looking Liverpool this afternoon.The result sees Pep Guardiola’s side move joint top with rivals Manchester United while inflicting a first defeat of the season for Jürgen Klopp’s Liverpool.

Argentinian striker Sergio Agüero put his side ahead in the 24th minute when he was on the end of Kevin De Bruyne’s probing through ball before rounding Simon Mignolet expertly to slide it home. Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah then had a great chance to draw the scores level but could only watch his low effort parried away.

Then came the most controversial moment of the game when Sadio Mané was shown a straight red a little past the half-hour mark by referee Jonathan Moss for colliding into the face of City keeper Ederson, with his raised foot. The Brazilian needed lengthy treatment on the pitch while debate raged over the decision to send Mané off for what appeared to be a 50/50 challenge.

If Liverpool had any chance of getting back into a game which they had largely been looking lethargic, it was extinguished swiftly when Gabriel Jesus scored either side of half-time to place Manchester City firmly in control. New deadline-day signing Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was thrown on for his debut in the second half but Klopp’s side faltered and offered little threat throughout the second half. The Reds’ defence then crumbled towards the end as Manchester City sub, Leroy Sané, netted a brace with his second being a stunning curler from 20 yards out.

Liverpool manager Klopp told Sky Sports following the game, “We had all we needed at 11 v 11. We had chances. The first goal is unnecessary, we were too laid back, not too smart.”

“But the decisive decision in the whole game was the red card. I don’t think it was a red card, Sadio didn’t see the goalkeeper. It’s unlucky, an accident. The keeper comes out. You want to go for the ball. I hope people see it for what it is.”

“I don’t think it’s a red card, he didn’t see him. I saw the goalie already and obviously, it’s not that bad. In the first moment, everyone thought it was really bad.”

“It was unlucky, it was an accident. The goalkeeper comes out, Sadio wants the ball. To get a red card in a game like this is really unlucky.”

Also speaking to Sky Sports, Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola felt that Mané’s sending off had a huge impact on the game but was uncertain if the Liverpool forward’s challenge merited a sending off.

“It was one game at 11 v 11, it was equal, we both had chances, but the game was equal. Liverpool are so quick and fast. After 10 v 11, it was a little bit easier for us, and we played the second half the way we wanted to. They didn’t do well.”

“The game was open until the sending-off. Ederson, the doctor says there is nothing broken. He also saved us in the first half from Mohamed Salah. In this kind of action, Mané didn’t see Ederson and was looking at the ball, but the impact was huge. I don’t know if it was a red card but what I am sure about is that Kyle Walker’s red against Everton was not.”

Liverpool and Manchester City will next kick-start their Champions League group stage action on Wednesday with City travelling to Feyenoord and Liverpool hosting Sevilla.

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