Klopp laments Mane's red card

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A 10-man Reds side conceded five times at the Etihad, crippled by the first half dismissal of Sadio Mane for his collision with opposition goalkeeper Ederson.

Yet he remains doubtful for City's Champions League group stage opener at Brad Jones' Feyenoord on Thursday morning.

"I thought our appeal was absolutely right because it was never we said we would appeal the red card, it was the length of the suspension".

"Of course we can't neglect the performance after that - we have to keep it in mind - but we have another game midweek when we can prove ourselves again".

It means that Mane will miss the Premier League game against Burnley at Anfield on Saturday, as well as away clashes with Leicester City in the League Cup (September 19) and the league (September 23). "They make the pitch big, that is a quality of them and it is hard for the other teams". "He wanted to get the ball and it's important he does that in the next few games", Klopp insisted. Some of the members of the squad will have to be at their best and play most of the matches, but anyone picked by the manager to start games will be able to lead City to victories.

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What had looked like a relatively straightforward decision and red card, despite Mane seemingly not intending to hurt his opponent, was turned into a huge debating point.

On Saturday, it was not finishing their chances that game Liverpool the problem, as they had the run of play and the game's best chance to score in the early going when Salah was sent clear.

"Things like this happen". I saw the goalie already and obviously it's not that bad. "I said to the fourth official that I didn't think it was a red card".



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