Sadio Mane appeal would be "another waste of time" says Jurgen Klopp

Sunday, 10 Sep, 2017

Those who felt an injustice had been done might have been comforted by Guardiola's words. 5-0 and a stunner from Sane!

Mane's straight red means he will be banned for three domestic matches, with Klopp admitting Liverpool are unlikely to appeal the Moss' call. Liverpool's players seemed to share this point of view.

But he re-emerged beside the dugout towards the end of the game, the left side of his face covered in a white dressing, and tests revealed he had not sustained any facial fractures. "Maybe he will not play in the next game".

Jose Mourinho's side drew level at the bet365 Stadium as Henrikh Mkhitaryan's corner in first half stoppage-time was headed goalwards by Paul Pogba before deflecting into the net off Marcus Rashford. City are always going to be hard to hold out.

The Southampton star continues to be linked with the club ahead of January, but many will now be questioning why Klopp couldn't find an alternative target as the Saints repeatedly insisted they would not sell.

Seven minutes before the break, Liverpool's hopes of taking something from the game were dealt a huge blow as they were reduced to 10 men.

Klopp suffered his heaviest defeat as Liverpool manager as was Sadio Mane given a controversial red card late into the first half on Saturday afternoon.

The Belgian didn't have his best games at the start of the season, but he used the Liverpool match as the ideal stage to showcase everything that makes him great: his pace, his work rate, his skills, and more importantly his passing ability.

Klopp said he was still positive when Mane was sent off but the minutes before half-time were critical. But it is not only that, they are well organised, and it is Liverpool.

Yes, we were not compact enough, all three up front were not really involved, we didn't jump in the midfield [and] go on Fernandinho. Their chance had gone.

There's no doubt that the red card altered the course of this match, but once it had Guardiola's game-planwas relentlessly effective as he enjoyed his first victory over Klopp in the Premier League. "It gives us confidence before our Champions League game". The England man showed clinicality which has been lacking at times in past, but he stepped up when it mattered most today. The German rounded off the display with an outstanding shot from distance in injury time to make it five.