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Liverpool to appeal against length of Sadio Mané ban

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Elias Hubbard | 12 September, 2017, 00:49

The first-half dismissal of Sadio Mane for catching City goalkeeper Ederson in the face with a high boot ended up costing the Reds dear, as they slipped to a crushing Premier League defeat.

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.

"At the back he's got players like Moreno and Klavan". In the last few seasons, both Guardiola and his predecessor Manuel Pellegrini struggled to exert their dominance over the other teams that would be challenging at the top of the table.

As regards the general performance, Klopp said he was disappointed Liverpool didn't take their chances when it was 11 against 11, and lamented the amount of space his side gave up.

His decision proved divisive on and off the pitch as even City boss Pep Guardiola was not sure it warranted a red card.

And afterwards, the 26-year-old praised the speed of City's passing, which he felt was key in securing three points against a side he rates as one of the best in the Premier League. Guardiola has one of the world's best in Sergio Aguero, but the Argentine is more lethal given his attacking responsibility is burdened by a support striker (evident with Diego Forlan at Atletico Madrid and Lionel Messi for Argentina).

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The Brazil forward was then substituted and his replacement, Sane, grabbed two goals as well. However, contributions never really justify his significance to the team.

"He makes a huge amount of passes", the Spaniard manager stated.

Fernandinho tested Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet from distance before De Bruyne split the Liverpool defense open with a superb throughball for Aguero's opener.

While the Belgian dazzled, it also served as a reminder to Jurgen Klopp of how badly he needed Philippe Coutinho.

But with each of them impressing whenever given opportunities, the system conundrum will only grow in the long term.

"But we didn't, and that's what the first half was like, we weren't compact enough and didn't cause them enough problems".

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