No joy for Sadio Mane

The Merseysiders make a return to Champions League this Wednesday with a home against Sevilla, and following that, they have a home game against Burnley on Saturday. The Liverpool winger challenged for the ball with his studs up and the Man City keeper got a boot to the face. The Tottenham striker netted twice in a 3-0 win at Everton, and Christian Eriksen also found the target.

Since the incident, Mané has apologised to the Brazilian via Instagram and the goalkeeper returned to first-team training with the Citizens on Tuesday.

Gabriel Jesus and Leroy Sane both scored twice to steer Manchester City to a 5-0 victory over Liverpool on Saturday, inflicting Juergen Klopp's heaviest loss in management in 11 years.

Liverpool have launched an appeal over Sadio Mane's three-match ban and will argue the punishment for his red card at Manchester City is excessive. The incident is a grey area in football laws which should be tweaked.

But that could change if he continues to be left out of future squads, particularly given the form of some of his fellow midfielders.

As the image shows, Mane's foot was high, but not everybody agreed with Moss' decision. And keeping him was a huge sign of intent from FSG.

There are plenty who will defend an attacker's right to challenge for the ball.

"I wouldn't have wanted to play for a reason like this, an injury to a team-mate, but you always have to be prepared".

The nature of the game means that the statistics of the game are skewed towards City heavily. No penalty, no card issued. But it was a waste of time obviously.

The German manager added: "All the other players were lucky only Sadio was not lucky".

Liverpool seem to be getting better at the same facets of the game they were pretty good at: high pressing, forcing turnovers and quick release into space taking advantage of the speed of their forwards.

The Reds boss opted to hand the Estonia international his first Premier League appearance of the 2017-18 season for the trip to their title rivals at the Etihad Stadium.

  • Ricardo Clara