Ederson had raced out of his area to head clear a high bouncing ball when he was knocked to the ground. A decision by Jon Moss which polarised opinions. Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp hugely complained for the referee's decision that, however, seems to be a correct one.Although Mane, in fact, had no intention to deliberately hit Ederson, his challenge was way too risky so much so Guardiola was forced to replace the Brazilian keeper with Bravo.Why is this even a discussion?Definite red.
Sane grabbed his secondly of the game in deduction time with a superb strike that chose the top edge to round of a superb mid-day for Guardiola's guys and an unpleasant one for the site visitors.
"I don't know what he thought, I only said to the fourth official I thought it was not a red".
What they saidMan City manager Pep Guardiola: "The action is hard". However, the tough stand of Liverpool meant that the attacking midfielder didn't get his dream move and will need to carry on with The Reds.
"The goalie came more in his (Mane's) direction".
Man City defender Benjamin Mendy's brilliant response when questioned on Ederson's injury
"That's probably a good thing, the game comes early and we can put things right, change it again". Other teams, however, might not play with the flair and inventiveness of a Klopp side so maybe that is an acceptable trade off.
Manchester City were in fine form in Saturday's destruction of 10-man Liverpool. The general impression was that he didn't think there was too much to read into the game, though, as he said he will try to "ignore the result" since "one man down against City, it is really not the best place to be". I can not think a player like Mane is going to make hard (contact) to the face so I think he followed the ball but the action is risky.
He has not yet played a match for the Reds because of a reported back injury but played 47 minutes in two substitute appearances for the national team, scoring a trademark goal against Ecuador. In many ways, those 90 minutes served as the flawless illustration of both teams' strengths and weaknesses.
"You have to defend better".