Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp believes Sadio Mane was “unlucky” to be sent off during the 5-0 defeat to Manchester City.
City goalkeeper Ederson was involved in a nasty collision with the Liverpool forward during the first half of the Premier League clash at the Etihad Stadium.
The former Benfica stopper was caught in the face by a high foot from Mane, who was subsequently given a straight red card by referee Jonathan Moss.
Ederson was removed from the pitch on a stretcher after eight minutes of treatment and was taken to the nearby Manchester Institute of Health and Performance to be assessed for fractures.
The City number one then returned to the stadium towards the end of the game and, while Klopp was relieved to see the keeper looking well, the Reds boss feels Mane’s challenge was an accident.
Klopp told Sky Sports: “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.”
Mane can expect to miss Liverpool’s next three domestic games – the league games against Burnley and Leicester as well as a clash against the Foxes in the Carabao Cup. Klopp hopes he will not have to appeal against the decision, saying: “I don’t think about things like this. I hope people will see it without me having to do anything.”
He added: “I’m sure people will find enough reason to say it is a red card. I could not even see Sadio Mane touched him.”